Hanover Hospital Public Meeting Scheduled Friday

A public meeting to discuss the future of the Hanover Hospital is planned Friday evening, July 8th at 7 p.m. at the Kloppenberg Center.

Hospital board members are considering the option of turning over the facility to the county to operate as a Washington County hospital. A special vote on the question is slated July 19th. Specifics of the ballot question are yet to be defined. Voting yes would allow the board to proceed with a next step in that process, while a no vote would keep the facility operating as is. Patrons in the hospital taxing district will be eligible to vote.

In an open letter published this week in the Washington County News from the board, economic stability of the hospital was noted, along with the fact that administration and primary care doctors are nearing retirement. It is hoped that dissolution of the taxing district, and donating facilities to the county could allow continued operation.

Again, no specifics have been defined, and public input at the meeting Friday will dictate how the board proceeds.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.