Group fails to reach deal on Frances Nelson, will try for competing clinic

Group fails to reach deal on Frances Nelson, will try for competing clinic

CHAMPAIGN — The local community group hoping to purchase Frances Nelson Health Center from its Decatur parent organization says a deal wasn’t reached, and it will instead try to open a competing clinic of its own.

The group, Promise Healthcare, made an offer to the Community Health Improvement Center of Decatur to purchase the assets of Frances Nelson and the offer was rejected, said Mark Ballard, the head of Promise Healthcare’s board.
“It means we’re going to start our own clinic that will be in competition with Frances Nelson,” he said.
Ballard declined to disclose the offer price, but said the Decatur organization wanted more money than the local community organization was willing to pay.
“We didn’t feel we could pay more than fair market value because that would not be a good use of community assets.”
Promise Healthcare is the not-for-profit organization that was formed to expand access to health care in the Champaign County area, primarily by getting Frances Nelson back under local control. It has been under the control of the Decatur organization for the past 11 years.

Promised Healthcare said in a written statement its offer remains in effect  for now and the group hopes CHIC will  "reconsider accepting it before we get too far along the path of opening a new clinic."

Barbara Dunn, CEO of the Community Health Improvement Center, said her organization hasn’t expressed a desire to end negotiations with the local community group.
“I can’t even comment on it. I don’t know that this is what they are going to do,” she said. “I was under the impression that negotiations were ongoing.”
For more, see The News-Gazette Wednesday. 

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