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“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” — America returns home from war

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org It was deemed the largest military movement in the history of the world. Yet a single bullet was never fired. No bombs were dropped. And, a peace treaty was not needed. It was the homecoming of … Continue reading

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City of Independence accepts donation of hospital property, inks letter of intent with St. John Health System

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org INDEPENDENCE — The now-vacant Mercy Hospital will be owned by Independence city taxpayers and be the eventual home to a new Independence City Hall under a plan that was approved by a split city commission on … Continue reading

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Labette Health proposes emergency department for Independence

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org INDEPENDENCE — Parsons-based Labette Health on Monday officially proposed creation of a medical emergency department in Independence, with the City of Independence using $3 million in bonds to fund the construction or placement of that emergency department … Continue reading

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Indy citizens describe feeling of ‘betrayal’ in City’s hospital conversion plans

(Editor’s note: Information about the City of Independence’s plans to convert a portion of Mercy Hospital into municipal offices were unveiled in the Nov. 26 issue of the Montgomery County Chronicle as well as in an earlier post on this … Continue reading

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UPDATE: City of Independence to negotiate donation of Mercy Hospital

AN UPDATE TO THE STORY THAT APPEARS ON PAGE A1 OF THIS WEEK’S MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHRONICLE . . . . Independence city commissioners on Tuesday night voted 2-1 to proceed with negotiations with Mercy Health System concerning the donation of … Continue reading

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Mercy proposes to donate hospital to City of Indy

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org INDEPENDENCE — The Independence community’s conversation about the changing state of local healthcare shifted this week when city manager Micky Webb and Mercy Hospital interim chief executive officer Kim Day announced a proposal to convert a … Continue reading

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Independence City Commission rejects St. John proposal, opens future talks to area medical providers

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org INDEPENDENCE — Healthcare coverage is now wide open for the Independence community after Independence city commissioners, in an agonizing 90 minute meeting on Friday, rejected a plan by a Tulsa-based health system to assume some of Mercy … Continue reading

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Hospital merger discussions cease

BY ANDY TAYLOR chronicle@taylornews.org A major blow was dealt to the Independence community — and to the future of medical coverage in Montgomery County — on Wednesday when officials with Mercy Hospital and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center ended discussions toward … Continue reading

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CRMC agrees to buy Mercy Hospital of Independence

BY ANDY TAYLOR The face of health care in Montgomery County changed dramatically Thursday when Coffeyville Regional Medical Center agreed to buy Mercy Hospital of Independence. Additionally, CRMC will retain various health-care services in Independence, bolstered by the issuance of … Continue reading

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Committee to represent City of Independence in hospital merger talks

INDEPENDENCE — Independence city commissioners on Monday named four people to serve as a committee to represent the city’s interests in the merger discussions between Mercy Hospital and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. In a brief special meeting Monday, commissioners voted unanimously … Continue reading

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