Hospital deal studied
Union County has hired an attorney and a consulting firm to look harder at plans to extend Carolinas HealthCare System's lease on CMC-Union hospital by 40 years.
The move came out of questions about whether the county is getting the best possible deal.
Under the proposed lease, CHS would pay $25 million upfront, plus $2.8 million in annual rent, to be adjusted every five years starting in 2019. CHS also promises to make $200 million worth of improvements over 10 years.
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Some officials have questioned why the county did not solicit competitive bids from other healthcare providers.
The county has hired Shattuck Hammond Partners, a New York-based financial consultant, to study the facility's value, County Manager Al Greene said in an e-mail last week. The study's cost is $25,000.
The county also has retained Raleigh attorney John Crill, who specializes in hospital law. Crill's fee is $400 per hour. Mike Torralba
Blood drive Friday
The American Red Cross and the Union County Chamber of Commerce will host a blood drive noon-4:30 p.m. Friday. It's dedicated to the memory of Alex Kahle, a Porter Ridge High student who died in a car wreck last year. The blood drive is at 903 Skyway Drive in Monroe. Information: 704-283-7402.
See land-use plan
Union County residents are invited to a community forum Monday on the county's updated land-use plan. The plan outlines types of new development in the coming years, where it should go and what areas should be preserved. The community forum will be 7-9p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230-D Presson Road in Monroe. Details: 704-292-2580. Mike Torralba
The annual Farm-City Celebration is set for Oct. 9 at the Union County Agriculture Center. It will feature “Gimme the Mike” entertainer Marty Vanderlip, along with “good ole boy” Bill Melton as master of ceremonies. The program includes a meal and recognition of agriculture honorees. Tickets are $20 at the Agricultural Center. Details: 704-283-3738.
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