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Old Natchez Community Hospital has new owner
from Staff Reports - NEWS
January 5, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The old Natchez Community Hospital has been sold, but it’s uncertain what its new owner plans to do with the property.

The hospital closed in 2015 when its operations were consolidated with Merit Health Natchez, its larger sister medical center nearby.

Merit Health’s corporate owner last week sold the former hospital and its 13-acre campus to K&J Ventures of Natchez, according to a statement from Merit. Medical office buildings on the NCH campus are included in the transaction. Two physicians with medical practices onsite will continue as tenants.

“We are very pleased that a local business now has ownership of the campus,” said Eric Robinson, CEO of Merit Health Natchez. “They will maintain the medical office buildings and transform the larger property, giving it new life in a way that benefits our community.”
K&J Ventures has not finalized future plans for the campus, according to the statement issued by Merit Health.

K&J is in the business of constructing commercial buildings and leasing nonresidential and residential structures to tenants, according to a company document filed with the Mississippi secretary of state. It lists Jody Foster as K&J’s business contact. Foster owns River Homes, a company that’s built residences at the newly developed Ashburn Woods neighborhood off Winchester Road near Duncan Park.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell on Friday pointed to the sale of the old Community Hospital as a positive development. “I think it will be great for the city,” said Grennell, who spoke at the Friday Forum held each week at the Natchez Coffee Co.

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 NCH building was constructed in 1973. Merit last year had planned to tear down the old hospital and prepare the land for a future development if acquired by a new owner. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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