A deal to sell Westlake Regional Hospital and a group of primary care facilities is on its deathbed, sources close to the negotiations said Tuesday.
Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc. has been negotiating with Westlake officials to purchase Westlake, and hospital officials recently said the offer ranged around $12.9 million.
Westlake officials apparently received word Friday, however, that Lifepoint is lowering its offer to a mere $2 million.
See this week’s Community Voice for more details. Papers are now in the racks and in businesses across the county with the latest.
Anyone wishing to sign a petition opposing a proposed tax from the hospital district can sign up Wednesday, Aug. 8 in the basement of the courthouse annex at 424 Public Square, Columbia, from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Vicky Pike and Cynthia Rowe, Ron Carter, Wendy Gousha and Jay Johnson formed a committee to coordinate the recall petition drive.
Committee members are circulating petitions protesting a 3.7 cents tax on taxpayers to pay debt that will remain if and when Westlake Regional Hospital and a group of primary care centers are sold. Any registered voter in Adair County can sign the petition. If 755 people who are qualified sign in protest, the issue could go on the ballot for a vote before the tax can be implemented. Because of the time frame, the issue would not be on the ballot until 2014, thereby stopping the tax for at least two years.
SIGNING THE PETITION
Anyone signing the petition must do so on a sheet of paper identified for the specific precinct in which they vote. Anyone who does not know the name of their district can call County Clerk Sheila Blair’s office at 384-2801 to find out. When signing the petition, you will be asked to sign your name, print your name, provide your address and Pike said it would help if you provide your birth-date in case there are others with the same name. The committee must file the petition with the county clerk by September 4.
Pike said anyone who is interested in helping distribute petitions or get voters signed up can call her at 384-3348 or 634-2604, or they can contact Cynthia Rowe at 384-5431.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a one vehicle fatality that occurred early this morning on Holmes Bend Road approximately five miles north of Columbia.
Amanda Spencer, 31, of Columbia, was operating a 1996 Chevy Blazer when her vehicle exited the highway and overturned.
Spencer was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.
Spencer was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Todd Akin.
An unrestrained passenger in the vehicle, Kenneth Sweet, 25, was transported to Westlake Regional Hospital ER by Adair County EMS and later sent to University of Kentucky Hospital for possible neck injuries.
Speed, dense fog and alcohol are believed to be factors in the wreck.
The Adair County Fire Department assisted at the scene to extricate the patients.
This incident is still under investigation by Deputy Justin Claywell.