In another housekeeping measure that was nevertheless an important step towards reopening the Scott County hospital, the county officially completed the transfer of ownership of the facility to Pioneer Health Systems Wednesday afternoon.
At noon Wednesday, Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals and county attorney John Beaty signed the documents officially transferring ownership of the real estate and associated property to the Magee, Miss.-based health care firm, which plans to open the doors of the hospital at 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Earlier this year, Scott County Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve a deal with Pioneer that would grant the facility to the firm at no cost, with a guarantee that the facility be operated as a hospital for at least 10 years.
The deal specified that Pioneer must successfully obtain licensure to operate the facility. That step was completed yesterday, when the state officially granted Pioneer its license — exactly two weeks after the state's Health Services & Development Agency said it would grant the firm a temporary certificate of need to expedite the opening of the hospital.
Monday's opening of the Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott comes 557 days after Health Management Associates, which operated the hospital through its newly-acquired subsidiary, Mercy Health Partners, which in turn had a lease contract with Scott County, closed the doors on May 24, 2012.