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No petition drive slated on hospital district formation PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Efforts to seek a reversal of the creation of a hospital district will go on hold for now.
Members of the Chase County Hospital Foundation were considering a petition drive to put the issue back on the November ballot.
Creation of a hospital district passed in the May Primary after a successful petition drive put the question on the ballot.
Chase County voters, by a margin of 53-47 percent, approved creation of the district.
The primary objective of petition drive organizers Sue Kinner and Penny Teply was to create an elected hospital board.
The only way to accomplish that under state statute was to create a hospital district.
After initial appointment by the county commissioners, board members would be elected on a rotating basis.
As research by the commissioners and hospital administration into the transition developed, questions emerged whether the future of the hospital could be jeopardized if reorganized into a district.
One of the biggest considerations centered on whether the hospital could keep its Critical Access Care designation.

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