Proposal for new Oxford hospital moves forward

Published 2:15 pm Friday, January 28, 2011

Lafayette County supervisors have voted to move forward with negotiations with Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300 million facility in Oxford.

Next up the Oxford City Council, which meets Tuesday.

Earlier this week, the board of supervisors voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital.

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In 2009, Baptist announced its plans to replace the current hospital with a new $300 million facility. Baptist wants buy the existing facility and buy its way out of a lease with the city and county, which currently own the hospital. That lease isn’t set to expire until 2034.