NRMC hospital study complete

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 31, 2008

NATCHEZ — The study that will reveal if Natchez Regional Medical Center should be sold, leased or retained by the county has been completed.

On Wednesday, the study, in a bound volume, arrived at the hospital.

And for now the results are being kept a secret.

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Regional’s CEO Scott Phillips said after receiving and examining the document he provided a copy to the office of the President of the Adams County Board of Supervisors.

Phillips said since the supervisors had officially requested the study, the information was essentially theirs to release.

On Wednesday evening board President Henry Watts said he had not looked at his copy of the study but would wait until the board’s next meeting on Aug. 4, to publicly discuss the results of the study.

“The full board will be informed as a group,” he said. “And I’m sure we’ll all have questions.”

Watts said the board will meet with Phillips and the Horne Group’s Barry Plunkett, who conducted the study, on Monday for a full report.

On Wednesday, Watts said he expects the board to follow the recommendations made in the study.

But what that recommendation will be won’t be known until Monday.

Plunkett also would not reveal the findings of the study but said the process went smoothly.

“It was an extremely cooperative effort,” he said of the hospital staff.