Bill that would have affected Memorial’s fate dies

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Memorial Health System has one less thing to worry about as it moves toward convincing city leaders to put the hospital’s future on the November ballot.

A bill that would have created an exception to the hospital transfer act, allowing the city to use money from the sale of the hospital in any way it chooses, died in committee last week.

Current law requires proceeds from hospital sales to be used for health care purposes.

Memorial’s administration doesn’t want the hospital to be sold, they want voters to agree to allow it to become an independent nonprofit hospital, free from city control.

To see previous coverage about the hospital transfer act, click here.