Mayor says Pineville hospital owes two years of taxes; CEO responds

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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Mayor Scott Madon is expressing concerns about the hospital in Pineville, but the new owners hope they can help the area.

Americore Health took charge of the hospital in late 2017.

The hospital is expected to undergo several new changes, including its name. It will now be known as Southeastern Kentucky Medical Center.

But since Americore took over, Mayor Madon says the city has not received payments on the hospital.

"There's definitely leans on the building for city occupational tax that has not been paid in two years now," said Mayor Madon.

WYMT asked Americore's CEO, Grant White, for his side of the story.

"We currently do not own the buildings. We lease them right now off of the old hospital association," said White. "Someone showed me some filing that there is a lien. I haven't looked at it, but I've heard from many people that there is."

White says he hopes Americore can help the Pineville area.

"We're in this for the long haul," said White.

The mayor said he wants what is best for the community.

"I just want what is best for the hospital, I want what is best for local employees," said Mayor Madon.

Some other changes in store for the hospital include hiring new employees and implementing telehealth programs. White tells WYMT these changes will help patients and give them easier access to healthcare.

"We really think we have a new way, a revolutionary way of trying to take care of people," said White.

Below is a picture of a letter sent to Mayor Madon from Grant White, saying the hospital will pay the city what they owe in full.

"It is time for someone to step up and get this thing straightened up no matter what happens," said Mayor Madon.

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