BSA bows out of running for MHTC leasing/management option

Although Baptist St. Anthony’s was slated to present management/lease options, plans changed on Wednesday. BSA has opted not to make a presentation to Memorial Hospital of Texas County’s Board of Control.MHTC Board Chairman Buddy Holbert confirmed BSA has withdrawn its interest in leasing or managing the hospital. However, MHTC must still move forward, and Holbert has made plans for the board to do just that.“I am disappointed in the sense that I was really looking forward to hearing what they might have to offer,” Holbert said. “I called a meeting for Friday night, we are going to discuss and try to come to some type of an agreement on what we are going to do.”Friday evening, the board will discuss all options on the table from Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Noble Healthcare and Dr. Martin Bautista.The following text was received via email by Holbert from BSA’s CEO Michael Cruz:“After extensive deliberation, BSA has chosen not to submit a proposal to the Memorial Hospital of Texas County (MHTC) Board related to their ongoing operations of the Hospital in Guymon, Oklahoma. “BSA values the Guymon community and the hospitals’ strong tradition of providing compassionate, personalized care for the residents of Texas County and the Oklahoma Panhandle. BSA feels that the most appropriate partner for Memorial Hospital of Texas County is a group that is 100 percent dedicated and focused on MHTC. The current challenges facing the hospital require unwavering dedication and focus.“BSA values the impressive list of employer groups in and around Texas County and is committed to continuing to provide those families with exceptional care, when and if their needs arise for seeking healthcare services in Amarillo. Through our exclusive relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for the Amarillo market and our historical relationship with the Guymon community, BSA is committed to being an ongoing resource for Guymon when a tertiary care center is needed.“BSA’s decision to not submit a proposal is based on our belief that the urgency and significance of this opportunity requires a partner to be free of any potential conflict of interest. An uncompromised partner would ensure that the interests and needs of Memorial Hospital come first, above the potential advantages to any other hospital or management group. BSA believes that there are providers/partners that are capable of providing that relationship unencumbered and without posing a potential conflict of interest.“The strength and pride that Memorial Hospital of Texas County represents for the residents of the Oklahoma Panhandle is unwavering and we believe that the hospital will continue its rich legacy of compassionate personalized care for the residents of Texas County and the surrounding areas.”