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Hospital idea is now in hands of Shelby County residents


How would you like to decide whether a hospital is needed in your community? That's exactly what officials in Shelby County are asking residents to answer.  Many residents should see a survey in their mail over the next few days asking them if more medical services is needed in Shelby County, and people said they want to see a hospital. 

"We don't have a lot of areas, a lot of people can get to quick enough," said Shelby County resident Toni DePaepe.   
She is just one of many Shelby County residents who would like to see a hospital in the county.
"There'd be direct care quickly. I wouldn't have to worry how far I would have to go to get help that I need," she said. 
The survey has 11 questions, asking residents if they think there should be more services in the county and how far they have to travel to get medical services.  Steering committee member Wendy Brumbaugh said they did this survey to see whether the community wants its own hospital, and she urges everyone to mail back a response regardless of their answer.
"When we tally those results, that's going to paint the picture of what we do. Whether we move forward or if everyone signs it and fills it out and there's not a need, then we won't move forward," she said.  
Adam Kenney also said he likes the idea of the survey and supports a hospital in Shelby County, but he believes a final decision should be put to a public vote.

"I'm a resident of Shelby County so I think everybody in Shelby County should have a say on what or what not should be.  It shouldn't be up to somebody else, it should be up to the people," Kenney said. 

Committee member Roxy Latta says the closing date is extended to March 1st because of how long it took to mail out the surveys.  Brumbaugh also said if the county does want to move forward, it would still be years before construction would begin.    

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