Economy pushes hospital to extension

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By Jenna McKenna

Tri-County Hospital CEO Frank Schupp addressed Chiefland Rotary last week with an update on the status of the hospital. He cut to the chase with his opening statement:

“With the economy the way it is, it’s a tough time to try to raise $54 million.”

Schupp then emphasized that the project is “still the priority for Enterprise Florida,” the public-private partnership for economic development that helping the project search for funding.

Schupp said that two weeks ago he was called to Orlando to make a presentation on the project’s finances to members of the enterprise group.

“I think it went well,” he said.

“I was supposed to be there an hour; I was there three hours, their Washington D.C. attorney was on the phone.”

Schupp said the group was still trying to discover how economic stimulus funds would be distributed, and noted that the hospital was one of three major projects being considered in the state, along with one in West Palm Beach and one in Pensacola.

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