Gooding hospital works to dissolve hospital district

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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Gooding County Commissioners are working closely with the North Canyon Medical Center to permanently dissolve the hospital district.

This basically means that the medical center will no longer operate on tax dollars. This stemmed from regulations changed in 2006 that impacted the ability of government hospitals to provide even the basic care in their communities.

Hospital spokesperson Emily Baker told KMVT this won't change the level of care. Instead, the hospital will continue to operate as an independent, nonprofit hospital with its own money.

But they need your support. A petition supporting the dissolution has been started in effort to be on the May 15 ballot.

Informational meetings will be held next week at the following locations:

Gooding Senior Center: Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Hagerman Senior Center: Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Wendell Senior Center: Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

More information can also be found on their website:

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