PV Hospital Authority, Council approve the sale of PVGH for $5 million

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The Pauls Valley City Council and Pauls Valley Hospital Authority approved the final legal documents Tuesday night, Jan. 12, to sell the Pauls Valley Hospital to Southern Plains Medical Center of Garvin County. 

The city and Southern Plains received documentation from the state department of health last week, reactivating the city’s hospital license. The renewal of the license was the final legal hurdle the city had to complete in order to sell the hospital.

The total purchase price, according to City Attorney Jay Carlton, is $5 million. 

The reactivated license is valid from January 20, 2021, to January 19, 2022, and allows the licensee to provide and maintain a general surgical hospital with a total capacity of 43 beds.

City Manager James Frizell said the sale of the hospital to Southern Plains should be completed within 30 days.

Mike Shuster, Southern Plains CEO, said the hospital will start hiring for key positions by the first of February and other staff members by the first of March.

The sale of the hospital has been a priority for the city since it was forced to close the hospital in October of 2018.

In order to get the hospital in shape, the city and hospital authority had to first get the license reinstated, which the city had let lapse shortly after the facility’s closure.

The state department of health inspected the hospital and noted numerous infractions that had to be addressed before reactivating the license.

The city and Southern Plains worked together to rectify the problems the state health department listed in a 127 page document.

Once those infractions were taken care of, the state health department granted the city and hospital a reactivated license.