Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan said the local government and community both want the Cumberland River Hospital to remain open.
But, Reagan said the county can not directly help the facility financially.
“Nobody is working against the hospital,” Reagan said. “And, I know that you hear speculations all the time, but everybody has been so supportive of it (Cumberland River Hospital).”
Hospital Owner Johnny Presley closed he hospital Friday. He claimed Clay County EMS diverted patients to other facilities. Reagan said the issue seems to be a miscommunication between the hospital and EMS Leadership Mark Pressley and Natalie Boone.
“We had all parties come together at the meeting tonight,” Reagan said. “Hopefully, there will be somewhat of a good outcome from it. I know feelings get hurt, but we all want the hospital.”
Reagan said the county will continue to help look for outside funding from grants and the state to help support the hospital.
The hospital did receive help from a $550,000 low interest loan from the Cumberland Area Investment Corporation. The group is made up of all 14 mayors in the Upper Cumberland including Reagan. He said the loan is proof the community wants the hospital to succeed.