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County Owners Say 3 Buyers Want Natchez Regional Medical Center in Mississippi

County supervisors for Natchez (Miss.) Regional Medical Center hope to persuade the hospital's board of trustees to sell it, claiming they've been contacted by three interested buyers, according to a report by the Natchez Democrat.

Adams County, which owns the hospital, failed in its last attempt to sell Natchez in 2008, with the hospital declaring bankruptcy the next year. After the county board of supervisors announced in April that a buyer had shown interest in the hospital, officials said there was a preference for a for-profit buyer to take over to add to the rural county's tax base.

A feasibility study and several public hearings are required by law before a sale can be finalized. The county would select a buyer after issuing a request for proposals, according to the report.

Although publicly owned, Natchez is financially independent and does not receive tax support other than a $5 million tax reserve, which banks required in 2006 in order for the hospital to qualify for a reissued revenue bond.

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