Hospital property sale could happen

WINNSBORO – After going into executive session during its regular meeting on Aug. 9, to receive legal advice concerning the possible sale of the former Fairfield Memorial Hospital property and its existing leases, council members voted 7-0 to sell the property to the Eau Clair Health Care Cooperative for $1.3 million. Next week, council will […]

Army Corps of Engineers considers retrofitting former FMH building for use during pandemic

WINNSBORO – As the coronavirus pandemic spreads like wildfire across the country, eating up supplies, staff and facilities in its path, one emerging plan to mitigate the increasing and immediate need for more facilities calls for retrofitting existing facilities all around the country, including vacant, unused hospitals. To that end, representatives from the Army Corps […]

FMH Board hit with federal lawsuit

Former Employee Claims Sexual Harassment WINNSBORO – A previously dismissed lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at Fairfield Memorial Hospital is once again active. On Dec. 28, an attorney for Tabitha Williams, a former employee of the hospital, refiled the suit in circuit court. It was removed to federal court on Jan. 22. In May 2017 it […]

Providence Health-Fairfield ER opens

WINNSBORO – As the baton passed from Fairfield Memorial Hospital (FMH) to Providence Health-Fairfield Emergency Room on Tuesday, citizens in Fairfield County were not without health care service for a minute. As FMH officially closed its doors forever, the county’s new ER opened its doors the same day to a new world of state-of-the-art emergency […]

Guest Editorial: Community bids farewell to FMH

After serving Fairfield County for 63 years, Fairfield Memorial Hospital is closing their doors.  It has been a privilege to serve this community and we are so thankful for the years of support. Like most rural hospitals, the hospital has struggled financially for years.  Many factors are contributing to the struggles of hospitals.  Reimbursement has […]

FCDC inmate dies after arrest

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man was found unresponsive in his cell at the Fairfield County Detention Center on Saturday, almost 24 hours after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Vernon Branham, 38, was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Fairfield Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Fairfield […]

Providence has FMH rehab in strategic plan

WINNSBORO – As Providence Health prepares to open a new emergency room in Winnsboro, its parent company is being sold. Tennessee-based LifePoint Health is being acquired by Apollo Global Management, a large venture capital firm, said Stephen Selzer, interim market chief executive officer of LifePoint. Selzer made the announcement during the Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s monthly […]

Council offers FMH $1.6M

WINNSBORO – Fairfield Memorial Hospital has accepted Fairfield County’s offer of $1.3 million to buy three parcels, with an option to acquire a fourth for an additional $285,000. The vote came at the end of a special meeting of the hospital’s board of trustees Tuesday, one day after Fairfield County Council approved presenting the deal […]

County inches closer to hospital property purchase

WINNSBORO—As Fairfield Memorial Hospital prepares to close its doors, Fairfield County is moving forward with plans to acquire some of the hospital property. On Monday night, council members voted unanimously to present a memorandum of understanding to Fairfield Memorial to purchase “some or all” of the property. No dollar amounts were mentioned, though the motion […]

Council makes offer to FMH

Liens, Other Conditions Pose Threat to Sale WINNSBORO – In a 6-1 vote Tuesday, council members voted to negotiate a purchase agreement with Fairfield Memorial Hospital to acquire select properties, including doctor offices and the rehab center. Councilman Mikel Trapp dissented. “[The hospital] knows if they don’t have an infusion of cash by ‘X’ date […]

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