Ruling lets Montrose hospital board proceed with plans to lease facility

MONTROSE — A judge Tuesday denied a motion by the Montrose County Commission to prevent the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees from entering into a controversial 50-year lease of the medical facility and operations.

In July, Montrose District Judge Jeff Herron ruled the trustees have the legal authority to govern and enter into a new operating lease with Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc., which the board created.

The commission additionally sought a discretionary motion of stay preventing the trustees from entering into the lease.

Herron wrote in his ruling that the board of trustees would be “substantially injured” if he granted the stay.

Herron wrote he believes the board “has a substantial interest in doing what it is statutorily authorized to do — to lease the Hospital.”

Herron wrote that the evidence in the case suggested the hospital, operated by either the current board or the new board of directors of Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc., would continue with the same level of medical care, and with the same management in place.

Hospital officials have not indicated when the lease would take effect.

Court records Tuesday showed the county filed an appeal to Herron’s July decision on Sept. 9.


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