Hospital keeps light on — barely


State News

January 11, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Hillsboro Community Hospital faces other financial problems, including a foreclosure suit filed by a bank. FILE PHOTO

An eleventh-hour payment of $16,644 for delinquent utility bills averted a threatened cutoff of electricity at tiny Hillsboro Community Hospital in central Kansas.

The city, 50 miles north of Wichita and home to about 3,000 people, said in a brief news release that it gave notice to the hospital on Jan. 8 that it would shut off utilities effective at noon Friday. It received the payment in the morning.

“Accordingly, the presently noticed utility shut-off at the Hospital has been averted,” the release states. “It is the City’s ongoing desire to undertake reasonable steps to assist in keeping the Hospital open, while also being a good steward of the City’s finances and utility resources.”

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