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By KELLY DANIELS
Oktibbeha County supervisors agreed on Monday to allow the OCH Regional Medical Center to borrow funds for a womenâ€™s clinic after learning the hospital has already funded construction thus far.
Funding for up to $5.5 million was approved so that the hospital could build a new womenâ€™s medical clinic along with its current renovations.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer, who opposed issuing the hospitalâ€™s $27.5 million renovation bond, said that if the county owns the facility, it should sustain itself.
â€śPeople were led to believe the hospital could not take on any more debt,â€ť Trainer said. â€śWe approved (bonds for) up to $5.5 million, but itâ€™s going to be a lot closer to that than zero, because chances are theyâ€™re going to find a way to spend it all.â€ť
During Mondayâ€™s meeting, Trainer said that Oktibbeha County should benefit financially from owning the hospital. OCH officials could not be reached for comment on the issue.