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Cookeville May Consider Cumberland River Hospital Bid Aug. 1

A motion accepting a new bid to purchase Cumberland River Hospital did not appear on Cookeville City Council’s agenda Thursday.

Mayor Ricky Shelton said Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) needs to finalize details with Celina Healthcare, LLC before Council can take the next step.

“There is some movement on that now. The hospital board will meet next week and do what they need to do first in relation to the bids that were received,” Shelton said. “That will be brought to City Council for some type of action at the first August meeting.”

CRMC’s Board of Trustees voted last month to accept a $300,000 bid from Celina Healthcare to purchase Cumberland River Hospital. The move came after CRMC could not finalize its original $500,000 bid from the Ohio-based Osborn Group.

Shelton, who serves on CRMC’s Board of Trustees, said both the board and city council want to make sure details are solidified before moving on in the process.

“We wanted to be more transparent than something that was just slammed into the meeting,” Shelton said. “That process will work through the hospital board next week, and then come to the council in the first meeting in August. It’s a more proper timeline as opposed to calling meetings and potentially not enough notice for people to know what we’re doing.”

CRMC’s Board of Trustees will meet next Thursday, July 25 beginning at 6 p.m. Cookeville City Council’s next meeting will take place Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.