Mayor Dan Penland said that the council had decided to approve funding for the hospital but could not say the amount because non-disclosure agreements had been signed.
Penland said that the exact amount had yet to be determined and released the following statement:
“The City of Chatsworth has voted to approve donating funding to the Hospital Authority of Murray County for the purposes of supporting the Murray Medical Center operations and the medical needs of the community. Murray Medical Center serves as the only acute care hospital providing services to our population of citizens located in Murray County and, specifically, the City of Chatsworth. There are many individual patients who do not have insurance or are under-insured, but still need medical services. Murray Medical Center has continued to service the medical needs of our population.
“Over time the charity care and the indigent care population have increased, impacting the financial resources available at Murray Medical Center. In order to support the Medical Center and to ensure that it is maintained within our community, the City of Chatsworth is donating its financial support.
Murray Medical Center is needed for both the economic development of the City and the County.
“Murray County Hospital Authority’s chairman Dr. Randall Richards commented on how appreciative the Hospital Authority is for the City of Chatsworth’s support. The Hospital Authority intends to continue to become more efficient by focusing on improving staffing, implementing patient-centered protocols and partnering with the citizens of Murray County to ensure that the Hospital will provide quality services to best meet the needs of the community.”