The sale of Tri-Lakes Medical Center took a step forward this week when a new round of bids were opened.
A total of five bids were taken during the June 1 meeting of the Batesville Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
The five bids were composed differently with some bidders’ purchase price including a substantial amount for scholarships and taxes.
Assistant City Attorney Colmon Mitchell opened the bids before the board and others in attendance and mentioned key points of each proposal.
"We are dealing with raw data right now," he said. "The data has to be studied very closely, so I will highlight the keys to the proposals without reading all of them."
Bids and highlights were taken from:
Attentus Healthcare- Attentus is based out of Franklin, Tenn. and submitted a bid with a proposed purchase price of $11,350,000.
"Attentus has said they would form a community advisory board for reviewing the operating budget and to help shape the direction of the hospital," Mitchell said.
One of the biggest key points in Attentus’ proposal was its plans for programs currently located on the West Campus.
"Attentus would transfer all of the programs located on the West Campus to Tri-Lakes Medical Center," Mitchell said reading from the proposal.
Baptist Memorial Healthcare- Baptist submitted a proposed purchase price of $25,436,137. Baptist has over 20 years of experience operating hospitals and would plan to grow the Tri-Lakes facility.
As for a community advisory board, Baptist proposal said the hospital would select a core of people from healthcare and the community they feel would benefit the hospital and the people it serves.
Physicians and Surgeons Hospital Group, LLC. (P & S)- P & S is a group comprised of present Tri-Lakes administrator Dr. Bob Corkern and other physicians with interest in operating the hospital.
"The current administration has increased profits at Tri-Lakes Medical Center by 200 percent," Mitchell read.
P & S would have a community advisory board composed of representation from both Panola County and the City of Batesville.
The total proposed purchase price submitted was $35,034,000 which includes funds for scholarships and taxes and would mean a total of $21,284,000 would be paid when the sale is complete.
Life Point Hospital, Inc.- Life Point operates a total of 29 hospitals in rural communities.
The total proposed purchase price is $22.7 million. No mention of a community advisory board was made.
Resurgence Medical Group- Resurgence has over 110 years of total experience running rural hospitals, and presently operates 14 in the southeast United States.
A board of trustees would operate rather than a community advisory board and would be made up of community leaders and hospital administrators.
The total proposed purchase price $24,536,187.
All bids were taken under advisement. Bids will next be discussed during the meeting of the Panola County Board of Supervisors on Monday at the courthouse in Sardis.