The newly elected City of Celina Mayor and Board of Aldermen last week passed a resolution in support of Cumberland River Hospital (CRH).
As previously reported in the Citizen-Statesman, CRH closed in March of 2019 and was later purchased by Johnny Presley. Due to government red tape, Presley had difficulty reopening the hospital, but in May of 2020, CRH opened its emergency room doors—a process that was expedited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only months later, however, the hospital closed the ER doors again due to lack of federal funding and support from the county and state, according to Presley. Presley accused local EMS of diverting transports to facilities outside of Clay County, which therefore hindered the relationships between the hospital owner and local governments.
The City’s passing of last week’s resolution aims to send a message to Presley that Celina supports the reopening of the hospital and aims to establish a better relationship.
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