STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Voters are rejecting a proposal to sell a county-owned hospital in Mississippi.
The election Tuesday came more than a year after Oktibbeha County supervisors started discussing either selling or leasing OCH Regional Medical Center.
News outlets report that about 59 percent of voters rejected privatization of the 96-bed hospital in Starkville.
Two nonprofit hospital systems, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and North Mississippi Health Services, had a bid on OCH Regional earlier this fall.
OCH Regional Administrator Richard Hilton says trustees will discuss whether the hospital should affiliate with another health system, while remaining publicly owned.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.