CentraCare operating agreement for SCBHS on hold

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By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

It appeared to be a done deal until last Thursday night’s Swift County-Benson Health Services meeting where CentraCare / Carris Health announced it would be putting its proposed operating lease of the facility on hold.

There were two phases to the proposed lease agreement. The initial phase was to take place Jan. 1 with SCBHS branded as Carris Health-Benson. It would continue to operate with a local board and as a financially independent facility through October. November 1, 2020, Carris Health-Benson, would have transferred all its assets with the exception of its buildings to CentraCare.

Governing board members had expected to approve the operating lease at its Dec. 12 meeting, setting up the eventual transfer of assets and operations to CentraCare/Carris in November.

While SCBHS will continue to receive management services and work with CentraCare/Carris on enhancing medical service opportunities provided locally, full affiliation is now off for potentially several years.

The primary reason for CentraCare holding back was the $17 million in debt SCBHS has tied to the construction of Scandi Haven Village as well as two outstanding bonds for past improvements including the surgery center...

 

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