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Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District Chief Michael Hill and Woodstock resident Paul Lockwood spoke about the changes at the public hearing.
Sager said he understood the hospital system had to make tough choices, but he hopes the board will allow future service providers into Woodstock when the time arises.
“I have utmost respect for the many contributions Centegra has made, not only provisions for health care, but also as corporate citizens,” Sager said. “Centegra has worked with us in making good things happen for our residents and those in the larger region. … I choose to believe they have tried, in light of the given circumstances and current trends, to make the best decisions they could.”
Centegra more than doubled its losses at the end of fiscal 2017. The hospital system ended its fiscal year June 30 with $62.3 million in operating losses, according to an unaudited financial statement found on Electronic Municipal Market Access, a municipal security website. The losses are $20 million more than officials projected in May.