Hillsboro Community Hospital power to stay on

Hillsboro Community Hospital’s power will remain on due to a last minute resolution that has the unpaid utility bill of $16,644.31 owed to the City of Hillsboro paid off. The rest of the roughly $28,000 owed to the City of Hillsboro previously reported was paid off earlier in the week.

The resolution came roughly 30 minutes before the scheduled shut off. The hospital had reported that there was a plan to stay open using a gasoline powered generator if the power would have been shut off as scheduled.

The utility bill being paid off means that the hospital won’t need to do that, and according to a press release provided by the City of Hillsboro, the city says it is their ongoing desire to undertake reasonable steps to assist in keeping the hospital open while also being a good steward of the city’s finances and utility resources.

The press release also said, “ As these matters involve currently pending legal action, the city will have no further comment on this matter.”

As previously reported, the Bank of Hays filed a petition to foreclose on the hospital with the City of Hillsboro being one of the entities listed in the lawsuit. The bank needs to sell the property in order to recoup their losses. It is in their best interest to sell to a medical group of some sort which keeps losses lower for all involved. The City of Hillsboro also benefits if a medical group takes over.

Health Acquisitions Company is the Kansas City, Mo. company that the City of Hillsboro had been working with regarding utility pay off, yet it is unclear in the press release who paid off the balance of the utility bill Friday morning.

The Free Press will continue to update you as more information becomes available.