County commission secures Lake Shore hospital authority receivership

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – Columbia County Commissioners take charge of the Lake Shore Hospital Authority under an order from a circuit judge.

“The necessary services are being rendered under this program and rightly so,” County Commissioner Tim Murphy said.

Loretta Chancy, whose term ends Friday, is the latest member of the Lake Shore Hospital Authority board of directors. To delay the end of the Hospital Authority’s services for residents, the hospital’s assets are in Columbia County Commissioners’ receivership granted by a circuit judge just in time for a new fiscal year to be established. This means that the commissioners sit on the board of directors until the governor appoints new members to the authority or until resources are exhausted.

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“Receivership is of course under the direction of a local judge,” Murphy said. “So it’s not like we’re going to come here and start putting people in buildings. It could be if they dissolved the hospital authority, it could be as early as six to eight months, it could take up to two years, who knows.

Lake Shore Hospital Authority provides financial services to residents seeking non-elective hospital services without medical coverage. County commissioners meet in place of council in a week’s time to discuss next year’s budget.

SHOES AND SOCKS TRAINING

Friday begins the county-wide sock and shoe drive organized by Altrusa International of Lake City and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. New and used shoes as well as new socks are needed for students of all ages and sizes. There are four drop-off points, including the Sheriff’s Office in Lake City and Fort White. The collection ends on November 4 and the items will be given to the school resources officers in the region who will then distribute them throughout the school year.

FORT WHITE COMMUNITY CLEARANCE SALE

Fort White residents are welcome to attend a community-wide garage sale on Saturday morning. Interested sellers can visit or call the town hall to set up a stand during the event held at

South side ball park parking. The garage sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sellers set up at 7 a.m.

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