Pineville council emergency meeting over hospital
From WRIL -
Thursday's City Council meeting yielded little in the way of answers from Mayor Scott Madon due to the sensitivity of the negotiations between the city, bankruptcy court, and Pineville Medical Center LLC however, the mayor did give the media the following statement regarding the hospital.
“Pineville Medical Center remains open. The City of Pineville is doing all it can do to provide support for the efforts of the Bankruptcy Trustee to protect and preserve the assets of the Pineville Community Hospital Association, the former operator of the hospital. The city approved a $100,000 loan, secured by a first priority lien on the Pineville Community Hospital’s real estate. This will be used to fund professionals hired by the trustee. As the people of Pineville know, the hospital is an important community asset.
I am also informed that PMC and its related entity Americore are working hard to pay the payroll and other claims of PMC. All parties know that payment of payroll and the associated taxes is a priority and are working to protect those employees as a priority payment. Jon Gay is representing the Bankruptcy Trustee, Clair Edwards. Mr. Gay says that he is pleased with the progress of the negotiations and is pleased with PMC and Americore efforts to work through various issues. The parties are engaged in productive, good faith discussions. Mr. Gay is confident that they will reach an agreement in the near future.
At this point in time, I think we need to support our local hospital and let the professionals on both sides work out the details. We hope and pray that this is resolved soon.”
The mayor went on in the brief release to state that: "there has been an outpouring of community support for employees who have not been paid. For example, Dr. Ron Dubin has purchased thousands of dollars in gift cards for groceries from Long’s to distribute to the current full-time and part-time employees. Sandy Long, of Long’s Pic Pac and Long’s 1 & Up, has followed suit to match these gift cards with gift cards that can be used at either Long’s Pic Pac or Long’s 1 & Up. A big thank you to these individuals."
WRIL has also been told that area churches Pineville First Christian, First Baptist, West Pineville Baptist, First Methodist, Our Fathers House, and Dayspring Church of God have recently helped the employees with gas cards, food cards, and Visa cards.
While there has yet to be a specific date for control of the hospital to be transferred, it is expected soon. While the issue with CMS is still up in the air regarding several non-compliant strikes against the hospital, those involved in the process are hoping the termination is reversed soon.