Montrose hospital action troubles commission

MONTROSE — The Montrose County Commission will conduct a public hearing today about a transaction involving the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

Trustees have changed the status of the hospital from a not-for-profit county medical facility to a not-for-profit private corporation, Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc.

The trustees announced Friday they will lease the medical facility to the new corporation, saying they made the change so they could secure 501(c)(3) nonprofit financial status from the Internal Revenue Service. The hospital board is appointed by the county commission and has the right to make the change under state law.

“Of particular concern is the transfer of the Montrose Memorial Hospital assets, which were public assets, to a private corporation, with no apparent oversight or protection of those assets,” the commission wrote in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. “The Commissioners have concerns about the lack of transparency and stakeholder involvement.”

The commission said it should have been made aware of the trustees’ decision before Friday’s public announcement.

The meeting today is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Friendship Hall, 1001 N. Second St.


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