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DJWH Focus of City Council Discussion

Monday night's Clinton City Council meeting was limited in the amount of city business to be conducted, but an embattled entity was the center of brief discussion.

Regular reports are provided from the Council's Commissioners at each meeting, but one commissioner took the time to recognize the efforts of the Dr. John Warner Hospital staff for treatment he received during the Christmas holiday. Commissioner Tom Edmunds spoke of some problems with his foot and complimented the city owned hospital on the care he received on Christmas Day and the days following.

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This month the DJWH Board is going to be reviewing Request for Proposals (RFPs) for management firms to take over operations of the hospital. It is Edmunds suggestion the Board investigate into working Hospital Sisters Health Systems, part of a network of area hospitals. Edmunds explains they were very effective in helping the city-owned hospital nearly two decades ago.

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But Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters points out their assistance was only for a year, and had they kept working with the hospital for longer, they would have had to start paying them for their work. She feels adding potentially, another name to the Dr. John Warner Hospital could limit the clientele.

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The Mayor continues to support the work being done by the hospital Board. She adds while things have been a struggle at times with the hospital, it could not continue it's path and be viable for many years.

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