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Election leads Union County, NC, to shelve hospital sale

Charlotte Observer, May 6, 2010
Union County, NC's plan to sell or renegotiate the lease of its hospital is being shelved after a primary election win by three GOP commissioner candidates who oppose the sale. Commissioners Chairwoman Kim Rogers and Vice Chair Tracy Kuehler, part of a board majority exploring a sale, said they will make a motion at the next meeting to basically let the new board handle the issue. The lease with Carolinas HealthCare System to operate Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe runs until 2020. But the county, facing a debt approaching $700 million over the next five years, hired consultants Kaufman Hall to help with a possible sale or renegotiation of the CHS lease.