Officials may propose incentives to keep new La Porte hospital in city

City officials are brainstorming incentives to keep a new La Porte (Ind.) Hospital within city limits following its sale to Community Health Systems, NWI Times reports.

Franklin, Tenn.-based CHS acquired majority ownership of the 227-bed La Porte hospital in March from Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health. A term of the sale included constructing a new hospital, but a lack of information about where that hospital will be built has concerned city council officials.

Officials did not determine any incentives, but tax abetment may be considered, according to the report.

A different deterrent includes declining water and sewer service on construction outside of the city, although La Porte Mayor Blair Milo said a partnership between the city and the hospital is the favored option.  

Hospital construction is slated for March 2018, according to the report.   

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