A hearing on whether to allow the annexation of land now mostly owned by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. began Monday with a full day of testimony at the Lafayette County Chancery Court. (December 18, 2012, Page 1)
The Mississippi State Department of Health approved a Certificate of Need for a new $313 million, 217-bed replacement hospital at the request of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. (November 30, 2012, Page 1A, 5A)
Jim Ainsworth, interim CEO at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, told the Oxford Board of Aldermen that his decision to come out of retirement to return to head the Oxford hospital was an easy one and that the departure of former CEO Don Hutson has not caused any complications with the plans for construction of the new medical center. (August 22, 2012, Page 1)
To better clarify the boundaries of land sought to be included in a request for annexation, a chancery court judge continued the trial until October. (June 12, 2012, Page 2)
At their regular meeting Monday, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors say they’re concerned about the hospital possibly building its new $300-million regional referral medical center west of Oxford off Highway 6. However the county attorney warned them to not get involved in any promoting any particular place to put the new facility. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)
Assisted living facilities for seniors, veterans and persons with development disabilities in Lafayette County were all built where they are today largely because of their close proximity to where Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is currently located.
But now, with Baptist officials planning on moving the hospital, officials from those facilities are concerned about the possible impact the move might have on their residents — particularly if the site selected for the new $300 million facility will be where Baptist affiliates recently purchased 107 acres off Highway 6 West, about seven miles away from where the hospital is currently. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)
Since Baptist Memorial Hospital care Corp. announced its plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford, rumors about proposed locations have popped up all over town. The Oxford EAGLE takes a look at the some of the possible sites. (March 7, 2011, Page 1A)
After rumors had circled around Oxford for the past week about Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi buying land west of Oxford for its proposed regional referral center, Dick Cowart, counsel for Baptist, laid the rumors to rest during the meeting between Baptist officials, the Oxford Board of Aldermen and Lafayette County supervisors, and confirmed Baptist had purchased 107 acres, however, said Baptist has not selected a site as of yet. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)
In a surprise move, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted Monday at an informational public hearing to move forward with negotiations with officials from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford.
After an hour-plus presentation by Dick Cowart, legal counsel for Baptist, and a round of questions from the standing-room-only audience, Supervisor Mike Pickens made a motion to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital to allow the hospital corporation to buy out of the original lease it had with the city of Oxford and Lafayette County for about $60 million. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)