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March 25, 2022                                    Friday at 2:00 P.M.

 

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with two Commissioners and Jim Harris by phone and the County Clerk present.

 

Anne Dare, Mike Houston, Christi Keating, Randy Nichols, Jason Silvers, Tim VanHoeke, Katie Harrington, Mary Pemberton, Jennifer Wiggans, Trace Evans, and Austin Bahr were present for some or all of the meeting.

 

Clifton stated that with the news of what is happening in Missouri with a couple of Noble Health Hospitals, we need to make a statement.  Clifton stated that we paid for a feasibility study and we fully expect to get that study.  It is in existence, I’ve seen parts of it and Noble Health will be here Tuesday of next week.  There are rumors on Facebook circulating that Noble Health is not what they presented themselves to be.  Comments have been made by some that don’t know what they are talking about.  What happens in Missouri doesn’t affect us at all.  We paid $1,000,000.00 for a study and that’s what we will get.  The study is 99% completed and they will be here Tuesday to deliver a little bit of it.  Jim stated that he wants the public to understand that the funding for this study came from the federal government and were for healthcare improvements only and that money for the study that we are receiving did not go to Noble it went to the folks doing the study.  Clifton stated that the commissioners have done their homework.  They owe us a study and they are going to deliver that study in the coming weeks.  I feel sorry for what is happening in Missouri.  I hope they can reorganize.  Instead of being negative and calling Noble Health all kinds of names, we should be praying for those communities.  Jim stated the feasibility study can be taken to any hospital if Noble Health doesn’t open a hospital.  Jim continued stating that we haven’t spent one penny of taxpayer money.  This is all federal money that had to be spent on healthcare or send it back.  Clifton stated that we have not transferred the building to Noble Health.  We haven’t given Noble Health any more money.  Two or three weeks ago we were going to transfer the building and Noble Health said no.  They said they potentially have some issues and we are not going to take the building or money from you right now.  Again, we paid for a feasibility study and that’s what we expect to receive.  Jim stated that Noble Health is the first company in four years that have shown any interest.  Clifton stated that Tuesday will be a normal meeting and Noble Health will be here to share parts of the feasibility study.

 

At 2:09pm, Clifton made a motion to adjourn.  Lynne seconded.  All approved.

 

 

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS

(ss) Jim Harris, Chairman

(ss) Lynne Oharah, Commissioner

(ss) Clifton Beth, Commissioner

 

ATTEST:

Ashley Shelton, Bourbon County Clerk

March 29, 2022, Approved Date