Why can’t you just leave the hospital as it is, and leave it open?
We really have no such choice. If the hospital were to remain open, it simply could not survive. It is losing millions of dollars each month. We can’t force people to go to the hospital and bring in new business. That’s ridiculous. What we can do is redirect the assets we own — the hospital building and the land — to better uses that will bring new development to our city. And we can do that while still ensuring that an emergency department remains available to our community through this transition and beyond. If we don’t move forward, we will go backward. We can’t stand still and do nothing.