FMH CEO takes unpaid leave

Smith: Council Close to Making Offer on FMH Campus

WINNSBORO – After a relatively short, uneventful meeting Tuesday evening, the Fairfield Memorial Hospital board came out of executive session and voted unanimously to give an unpaid, one month leave of absence, beginning in June, to the hospital’s CEO Susie Doscher. There was no other explanation concerning the leave.

County Council Chairman Billy Smith told The Voice in an interview on Tuesday that Council is moving closer to making an offer on a portion of the hospital campus. He said the offer could come as early as the next council meeting.

“We’re interested in the two medical office buildings – the one housing Fairfield Medical Associates and the John Martin Primary Care facility,” Smith said. “The appraisal for those two is right at $1.6 million. If we add the rehab facility, that appraisal jumps up to about $1.9 million.”

Smith said the offer depends on removal of the liens from the property.

“They need to remove the liens if we’re going to purchase the property,” Smith said. “We’re not going to make an offer so long as it has liens.”

Smith said there are no other obstacles to the making an offer that he is aware of.

The next council meeting is May 29 at 6:30 in the County building.

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