Community Hospital Corp. should be invited to Muskogee to give a public presentation on reasons why Muskogee Regional Medical Center should remain non-profit and community-based.

MRMC’s board of trustees voted Wednesday to continue looking into a change of ownership — to a private company — while keeping the option of remaining a public trust.

If the option still remains, then the board should make it more than a token choice.

CHC President Mike Williams told the Phoenix on Tuesday that he believed the board refused to look at CHC’s proposal, while already looking at a possible change of ownership options. Chris Condley, chairman of the MRMC board, said that’s not true.

Perhaps, this is all a matter of miscommunication.

But it can be straightened out rather simply — allow CHC to make a presentation and allow the public to ask questions and compare CHC’s evaluation to the report made last week by Juniper Advisory LLC.

Juniper, a consulting company under contract with MRMC, brought five suitors, all private companies interested in either buying, leasing or joint venturing with the hospital, to town recently. Juniper’s report makes no recommendations, but it does list as unlikely that MRMC would be able to remain a viable hospital given its present economic situation.

Juniper, according to its report, also contacted the St. Francis Health System, a Tulsa non-profit hospital, which showed some initial interest in MRMC. But St. Francis showed no interest after reviewing MRMC’s situation more closely.

That may indicate MRMC’s chances of remaining a public trust are slim, but still, CHC should be a part of the process.

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