Coggins Land Company gives 8.55 acres to EMH Foundation for future hospital facility site

By Linton Johnson

The Elbert Memorial Hospital Authority met Tuesday and heard Hospital Foundation Chairman Al McCall announce the donation of 8.55 acres on Elbert Street Extension from the Coggins Land Company to the foundation as a potential site for a new hospital facility sometime in the future.

McCall read a letter from Nancy Coggins Seymour, president of the Coggins Land Company and executive director of the Hospital Foundation, expressing the company’s “hope that the Hospital will build a new hospital facility on a well-traveled highway, giving the hospital great visibility and a much-needed new facility.” If the property were to be sold by the foundation, Seymour said, then the Coggins Land Company “would like the proceeds to go toward a new hospital facility at a different location.”

McCall said the tract of land is appraised at $235,000.

Hospital Authority Chairman Daniel Graves said while there are no immediate plans to build a new hospital facility, the donation is appreciated and represents a vision for meeting the community’s healthcare needs in the future.

“Because it recognizes our desire not just to survive in the short term, it recognizes the need for improving our facilities,” Graves said. “We have been focused for the last 20 years on survival. We can’t survive forever unless we also address our physical needs – our facility, our equipment, particularly the facility. We face constant struggles to maintain this older building, and at some point we’re going to have to turn our attention toward the next facility. That’s not going to happen tomorrow, or next year even. But it shows that the generosity of this community is focused on our future needs.”

In other business Tuesday, authority members heard the hospital’s financial report for fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30. The hospital showed an overall profit of $2.3 million for the year, as an operating loss of $1.3 million was offset by more than $3 million in non-operating revenue, including debt that was forgiven by AnMed Health after the recent end of its affiliation agreement with Elbert Memorial Hospital.

The authority also voted to approve a three-year renewal of its contract with Hospital CEO Kerry Trapnell, who has been performing the duties of CEO and chief financial officer since the end of Elbert Memorial’s agreement with AnMed Health on February 28.

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