About a week ago, several local media outlets reported that we submitted a bid to purchase OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Mississippi. As I mentioned in my Aug. 18, 2016 letter, A chance to grow, we would seriously consider purchasing the hospital – if given the opportunity – for a few reasons.
We believe we have a lot to offer a hospital like OCH Regional Medical Center. As Mississippi’s largest health care provider, we are uniquely qualified to operate hospitals in the state because we understand what they need to be successful. We also would like to preserve the wonderful relationship we’ve had with OCH for decades.
Next month, the citizens of Oktibbeha County will vote to decide whether or not to sell the hospital. If a majority votes to sell it, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will decide which health care system can purchase it. We will do our best to convince the supervisors that we are the best organization to own and operate their hospital. If you live in or near Oktibbeha County, please feel free to share your thoughts with the voters and the county supervisors.
Whether or not we purchase OCH, we remain committed to all our hospitals, and we will continue to invest in them and all the communities we serve. From our new hospitals in Oxford and in Crittenden County, to our new partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, to the continued incorporation of our new Jackson, Mississippi-area hospitals into the Baptist system, we will continue to improve access and enhance the quality of our care.