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North Kansas City Hires More Lobbyists to Keep Ownership of Hospital

City officials of North Kansas City, Mo., have hired three additional lobbyists to fight the passage of legislation that would end the city's ownership of North Kansas City Hospital and make the institution independent, effectively blocking some city officials' hopes of selling the hospital to a for-profit buyer, according to a report by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Discussions have been tense since the city council hired consultants and a lobbyist that critics feared would set the hospital and city up to sell the North Kansas City Hospital to Nashville, Tenn.-based for-profit chain Hospital Corporation of America. The city has denied this was their intent.

In March, a Missouri judge placed an injunction on the proposed sale while courts determine whether the city has the authority to sell the hospital at all but allowed the city to appoint new trustees to the hospital board. At the same time, a bill circulating around the state legislature would convert North Kansas City Hospital into an independent non-profit, which would strip the city of all authority to sell it.

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