Judge: Natchez didn’t follow procedures on sale of hospital

April 1, 2019

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A judge is ordering a Mississippi city to reverse its sale of a hospital, saying the city did not follow proper procedures.

The Natchez Democrat reports Circuit Judge Debra Blackwell ruled Friday in a lawsuit over the sale of Old General Hospital in Natchez.

Aldermen decided in 2018 to hand over the building to the Jackson-based Magnolia Medical Foundation, which planned to turn it into senior living apartments.

Blackwell said the city abandoned requirements set by its own Request for Proposals. Magnolia Medical failed to include a mandatory $5,000 deposit. The city waived the deposit after the deadline for proposals expired.

Blackwell ordered Natchez to reverse the sale and either comply with requirements of the city’s resolution or issue another proposal “with definitive guidelines for all bidders” to follow.