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Old Natchez Community Hospital being torn down
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August 8, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The old Natchez Community Hospital is being torn down after being vacated in 2015 when its services were consolidated with Merit Health Natchez, its larger sister medical center.

“At this point, with the lack of any other feasible options, we have made the decision to demolish the building and prepare the land for potential future development by another organization if acquired,” said Merit Health Natchez Chief Executive Officer Eric Robinson.

Natchez Community Hospital closed its doors a year after its parent corporation in 2014 purchased the county-owned Natchez Regional Medical Center and renamed it Merit Health Natchez.

The 101-bed NCH opened in 1973. Merit unsuccessfully tried to sell the building. “The property has been available for purchase since (2015), but no interested parties have come forth during this time. Any use other than a hospital would require fairly extensive and costly renovations,” Robinson said in a statement issued Monday.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors was told Monday the structure was being torn down within six months. This was brought up by a Merit Health representative disputing how much the building and its contents are valued by the county in taxing the property.

Merit Health has sued the Board of Supervisors based on claims its two Natchez properties have been overvalued by the county tax assessor, forcing Merit Health to pay excess property taxes. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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