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Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Guest · 266 weeks ago It is certainly a dark, uncertain time for our community. Would it be possible for a larger hospital, such as Via Christi, to purchase the hospital and release this anchor from around our necks? Report Reply 6 replies · active 266 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Ping Pong Dundee · 266 weeks ago I hear the conservatives around here constantly telling me how the free market is best and will guide us to prosperity. Well, I think the free market is saying a hospital in Wellington can’t sustain itself. Pretty funny that so many gripe about government’s involvement in healthcare. Government is all that’s keeping this healthcare facility afloat. Report Reply 4 replies · active 265 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 266 weeks ago Why are we not looking for someone else to come in and possibly turn it into a outpatient rehab and surgery center?? Or new doctors? I know Wellington doesn’t have much to offer without paying high prices and that is the main problem here. We want business’ to come to Wellington but if they get tax breaks, the residents pay the price on taxes and utilities and do the count, Wellington is declining in residents due to the high cost of living here. We need to start looking at other options because if we shut the hospital down, we will loose more people and then it is just a domino affect… Report Reply 1 reply · active 266 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 266 weeks ago “The more communication we have the better the situation will be,” Hansel said. “We love our hospital.” Communication doesn’t make the situation better. And if only love paid the bills. I’m really starting to like this Eckert guy. Seems to the point and says what needs to be said, no matter how much some don’t like to hear it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 266 weeks ago As quoted above,”facility is making progress, and doing better”, we need more information than that. We deserve a better explanation with a 3 to 5 year plan on how the hospital plans to get back on track with a minimum quarterly detailed update. I like Mr. Eckerts stance as stated above but here is how I see it…We cannot continue to be SRMC’s Sugar Daddy. Report Reply 1 reply · active 266 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down DiFraz · 266 weeks ago Does anyone realize what would happen to our community if the hospital closed, think about the job loss, and the extra money that would be spent on the ambulance runs to Wichita, all the over time pay for the firefighters, the loss of any business’s that won’t come here because we don’t have hospital. As for finding another doctor to come, it’s harder than you think to get anyone to come to a small town. I would think the city manager would be willing to work with the hospital, sounds like to me he’s just trying to close it down. Then he maybe looking for a new job. Report Reply 11 replies · active 265 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 266 weeks ago Hey Cue you forgot to mention anything about Wellington EMS. Mr Eckert seems to think the city is the picture of health. While reading the Daily News I saw that the wellness of the community will be taken care of with the additional funds that the Golf Course requested. Funny thing, most of the council members are also golfers. The question I have for you is why don’t you report on the whole city council meeting? You seem to focus on only the hospital. I will continue reading your articles because your obviously bias opinion or spin on the hospital is somewhat entertaining. For the big picture I will be reading the Daily News. Thanks for your unique view-point and for stirring the pot in an already almost impossible situation for the city as a whole. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 266 weeks ago I think what we are forgetting is the hospital itself is needed, services provided are needed. The problem more than likely lies in the management. Report Reply 1 reply · active 266 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 266 weeks ago The hospital is more than bricks and motar. The hospital is made of many caring staff that work very hard to provide exceptional care to those that need it. Please think what would happen to this community without the staff working in that pile of bricks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down ezra · 266 weeks ago EMS, or the golf course, were not mentioned Tuesday. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Sumner Regional Medical Center CEO Leonard Hernandez told the Wellington City Council his facility is making progress, and doing better in his monthly report at Tuesdayâ€™s regular scheduled meeting. But city officials are becoming impatient with the hospital. The city forgave much of last yearâ€™s utility bills, and has not received payment for any more utilities in several months.Roy EckertCity Manager Roy Eckert expressed frustration at the meeting Tuesday with how the hospital is operating.â€œThis bothers me a lot,â€ Eckert said.Â â€œWe are paying utility bills, bond payments and taking services away from citizens to make sure the hospital stays open. We canâ€™t keep doing that. We just donâ€™t have the money. We are cutting budgets, slicing everything and we canâ€™t afford to keep doing this.â€His words came after Hernandez told the council he had received a letter from Medicare saying payment was being withheld until the city sent in some information in the form of a letter. Eckert said that could have been averted. He said he had asked for information from the hospital and did not receive what he needed. Hernandez said he was not trying to be adversarial, and was trying to be open with the city. He suggested a meeting with the hospital board, himself and the city council. City council members agreed and they will try to set that up next week. Mayor Shelley Hansel said she would like to see that meeting happen as soon as possible. â€œThe more communication we have the better the situation will be,â€ Hansel said. â€œWe love our hospital.â€ Councilman Vince Wetta noted the city helped raise taxes to fund the hospital. Voters passed a half cent sales tax at the November general election. He asked if it would be possible for the city to get some of that money, since utilities have not been paid. Hernandez said it was a possibility, and that may be discussed when they meet.Â Demolished property:Â â€¢The city voted to demolish structures at 712 W. Third and at 802 E. Fourth streets. Hearings were held on the properties and no one was present. City inspector Aaron Norton said he had not heard from owners of either property. The city will destroy the properties and clean the lots. The owners will be sent bills, and if unpaid, the bills will be attached to their property taxes.Â City holding budget meeting: The city will have another budget meeting at noon Wednesday. The budget is hard to do this year because reserves are gone and the city is facing some big cuts. Eckert said he does not think people realize how hard the budget is to do this year. Things have accumulated over the years, and that is making it hard. â€œI donâ€™t want to see the hospital go away, but reality is reality. We donâ€™t have the money to keep giving them $400,000 to $600,000 a year. We canâ€™t do that without taking services away from citizens,â€ Eckert said. He said this is particularly bad when the city cannot fix its water lines. â€œWe have people with very low water pressure. And we are raising water rates. Shame on us, this is unacceptable,â€ Eckert told the council. This will be one of the topics in todayâ€™s meeting.But there is good news: In oneÂ piece of good news, the city refinanced bonds and should save $800,000 in interest over the next 12 years.Â Townhall meeting: There will also be a town hall meeting hosted by the mayor on Tuesday, July 14.Follow us on Twitter.