On Tuesday evening, Paris Regional Medical Center presented a proposal of partnership to the McCurtain Memorial Hospital which was met with support from both sides.
“Several months ago, we learned that the leaders of McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma were beginning to explore options related to the future of their hospital,” said PRMC Director of Marketing Erin Barnes.
PRMC has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with MCM and leaders from PRMC and RCCH began having conversations with MMH leaders related to a potential role for Paris Regional Medical Center and RCCH in the delivery of healthcare services in Idabel and McCurtain County in the future.
On Monday, April 23, the McCurtain Memorial Hospital Board of Directors heard presentations from two potential partners.
After the presentations, the MMH Board decided to enter due diligence discussions for a possible acquisition by Paris Regional Medical Center and their parent company RCCH HealthCare Partners.
“The due diligence process is expected to take several months. It is anticipated that MMH will continue to operate as a standalone facility but must achieve Critical Access Status (CAH),” said Barnes.
The transition to Critical Access Hospital status began several months ago.
“Under the proposal we presented Tuesday evening, MMH will report through PRMC to the parent company RCCH Healthcare Partners.”
The Hospital Authority Board and County Commissioners attended the meeting and supported the decision.
“We are excited about the proposed partnership with MMH. This hospital has served Idabel and the surrounding region for more than 60 years and it is our honor to help their board and hospital authority look to the future to find the best way to ensure that access to quality care continues to be available in their community. It is our goal when the partnership is finalized, to increase the level of care available to the people of Idabel.”
PRMC does not anticipate that this potential partnership will have any effect on the current day-to-day operations of PRMC.