"CARRICO, KILGORE STATEMENTS ON THE CLOSING OF LEE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Washington – Virginia Senator Bill Carrico (R-Grayson) and Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-Scott) released the following statements today on the closing of Lee Regional Hospital in Pennington Gap:
“I am very disappointed that Lee Regional Hospital has become the latest casualty of ObamaCare, according to Wellmont Health System. For several weeks, Del. Kilgore and I have engaged in discussions with leaders from Wellmont to find ways to keep Lee Regional open in order to provide care for the citizens. Unfortunately, this decision is a reflection of what many rural hospitals are facing due to the strains of the federal health care law. We will pursue other healthcare options for the community, including nonprofit care providers, in an effort to solve this growing problem. This is a major blow to the safety, security, and economic growth of Lee County, and it is disappointing that policies from the federal government are to blame.” – Sen. Bill Carrico
“This is very disappointing news to me and the citizens of Lee County. Sen. Carrico and I will be aggressively looking at other hospital groups willing to locate to the county for the safety and healthcare of our citizens. It is our sincere hope that Wellmont Health System will reconsider and in the coming days, we will be calling on state and federal leaders to examine nonprofit duties to provide healthcare to the region. ObamaCare has begun what appears to be a wave of casualties in rural healthcare, and it has now struck our community, where we need quality healthcare options more than ever.” – Del. Terry Kilgore
Over to you, GBP. Your fellow believers have been talking for years about wanting to create a healthy retreat and a "health care park" in scenic Lee County. Here's their opportunity. This hospital needs to stay open. Making it part of the Adventist health care system might make it even better.