Memphis City Council discusses The MED's future

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council members argued Tuesday over whether or not to give The MED millions of dollars.

The MED is facing problems of its own.  The hospital needs money or the ER may partially or totally close.

"We got down to two days cash on hand," said Gene Holcomb, Chairman of The MED's Board.  "Other hospitals are well over 180."

County Mayor Joe Ford urged the city to help the ailing MED.

"The MED is a jewel in the community," Ford said.  "I don't know what we'd do without it."

After a presentation revealing The MED's need for life support, Council Member Joe Brown proposed the city give the The MED the remaining $2 million The MED needs to survive to July 1st.

Council member Jim Strickland said the county, not the city, is responsible for funding The MED.

"The Board: who appoints them?" Strickland asked.  "Shelby County Mayor.  And who approves them commission. Shelby County? Yes."

In a narrow 5-4 vote, the committee decided not to give The MED the remaining $2 million it needs.

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