Scott County officials say they are back on track for having their hospital reopened by the end of summer.
On Friday, Mayor Jeff Tibbals signed the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) between Scott County and Pioneer Health Services (PHS). By the end of this week, officials hope to get the final information needed to the State Attorney General's Office for approval, which will take about 45 days.
If approved, Pioneer would like to open the hospital with limited services within 60 days after that, in August, but Tibbals says this is the period where delays are possible. They must get approval from several different agencies before they can reopen as a Critical Access Hospital with a 24 hour emergency room.
In addition, the hospital's license is in "inactive" status right now, and the state will have do a complete survey of the hospital before it can be changed to "active." Any problems they find would have to be corrected first, and that could cause more delays.
The county's only hospital closed in May 2012, after an agreement could not be reached with the previous operator, Health Management Associates. The county made a deal with a company called S.M. Promen to reopen the hospital, but that deal fell through when Promen couldn't come up with the money.