Public must trust in hospital deal

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Poor Mr. Chuck Fields seems to be the only one losing sleep and holding his nose because he has been left out of the loop on possibly the largest transaction in the history of the county.

Mr. Fields, being asked to back off in his multiple tirades over the handling of the transactions involving the sale of Natchez Regional Medical Center, does not seem to be able to trust our board of supervisors.

The board of supervisors has been fully informed as the process continues under a pledge of confidentiality. We all have to trust the board, which handles transactions in executive session in almost every meeting that are not made public.

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Mr. Scott Phillips, CEO at NRMC, said the bids would be examined by the president of the supervisors, Mr. Henry Watts; the president of the Hospital Board of Trustees, Mr. Dan Bland; the attorneys of both boards; and Mr. Phillips.

Mr. Phillips stated that if all the bids were made public he would lose his ability to negotiate with all the bidders as necessary.

“That is why we hired him,” Mr. Watts said.

“This is new to all of us, the main focus needs to be what is best for the county,” Supervisor Darryl Grennell said.

“While selecting a bidder is ultimately the supervisors’ responsibility,” Watts said, he would rather leave the matter up to Mr. Phillips. “He is the most qualified. He should open them. He is the one we hired to do this.”

If Mr. Fields is so antsy to be told every little detail, he should run for public office so as to be in the know in the future.

We can be confident he will “single-handedly” fight for all of us to be in the know.

What part of “no” don’t you understand, Mr. Fields?

Dorothy L. “Dotty” Stubbs

Natchez resident