In a city council meeting Monday,Dec. 9 the Prague City Council authorized City Manager Jim Greff and the city's district attorney to enter in an aggrement with Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting, LLC and place a bid on Prague Community Hospital when it goes up for auction.

Greff said by placing a bid on the hospital, the city is hoping to get it out of the bankruptcy option it is currently in.

"The hospital is doing really great right now and everything is coming down to the wire with all the legalities," Greff said.

The hospital, Gerff said, is suppose to go out for auction next week and by the end of next week hopefully the city will have full control of the hospital.

The city manager said the City Council, their legal representation and all involved with the hospital are going to continue with the lawsuit and improving the hospital while it's under new management.

Greff said Prague decided to enlisted help from the Oklahoma City law firm Feller Snider to assist with the Prague Community Hospital which declared bankruptcy under its previous management in North Carolina.

In addition to legal help, the city also awarded authority to Greff and the city's attorney to discuss and determine a lease agreement for the hospital.

In January, the Prague City Council filed a lawsuit against CAH Acquisition Company 7 LLC and its owner HMC/CAH for breach of contract and failing to provide payment to employees.

The city first awarded receivership to Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting LLC in March and after various meetings regarding lease control and other such issues, most aspects of control have been transferred to Cohesive.

The city is asking for $39,000 in damages for the contract breach.

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