Bannock County, Idaho, said it has narrowed the list of potential partners for its Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, to two for-profit companies: LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn., and Legacy Hospital Partners, Plano, Texas. The county is seeking a capital partner in order to finance a replacement for 174-bed Portneufs two campuses, which came together in a 2002 merger.
Voter approval will be required for the county to implement its plan of converting Portneuf to a tax-exempt organization and then having that organization partner with LifePoint or Legacy. Two meetings are scheduled for next week at which the finalists will answer questions from residents. The county said it expects to choose one of the finalists by the end of August and place a referendum on the November ballot to seek approval for the plan. -- by Vince Galloro