Negotiations are continuing today between the would-be buyer of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital and the federal agency that oversees Medicare. The discussion leaves some hope that McLaren Health Care could still buy the hospital and re-open emergency services in Cheboygan.
That's even though McLaren officials released a statement shortly after the hospital closed saying they were no longer interested in providing such hospital services in Cheboygan.
CMH CEO Shari Schult was quoted today (Wed) in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune saying there is a "sliver" of hope McLaren could reach an agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Negotiations were scheduled to continue at 2:00 today, according to the office of U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek.
"We are hoping that negotiations will continue and that when they get out of this hearing at the end of today that we will have better direction as to whether they were able to come to some framework of an agreement," says Lori Latham, a Benishek spokeswoman in Gaylord.
Latham says Benishek's office is pushing for an expedited process with the federal government. Should a sale go through, she says the congressman wants federal regulators to allow emergency services, and other hospital operations, to open as soon as possible.