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November 9, 2011

Financial challenges force change in hospital agreement

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — While every indication regarding a partnership between Pauls Valley General Hospital and St. Anthony Health System seemed to lead toward an affiliation agreement, Tuesday night’s hospital authority meeting came with an announcement of a change in direction.

In fact, a Tier 1 affiliation between the facilities where six months would be used to consider a lease of PVGH was still the direction officials were leaning even as of a media meeting Oct. 13. However, hospital CEO Gayle Sturgis noted how a combination of existing hospital debt and a lack of a positive enough financial gain means the process needs to instead be a management agreement.

“The original intent when we came to the city council was for us to sign a Tier 1 affiliation with St. Anthony’s Hospital, but when we left the city council last time we really felt the directive was to find a way to get to a lease as quickly as possible,” said Sturgis. “When we compare an affiliation to a management agreement, an affiliation will take us longer to get to a lease so we’re going to abandon that agreement.”

Editors note: The full story will be posted in tomorrow's edition of the Democrat.

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