Boone Hospital Reconsiders Lease
But, not all believe the BJC lease is necessary.
"I don't know what the reasons all were I'm sure, but we gave away the brightest jewel in Boone County. Now we have a chance to take it back," employee Mike Boessen said.
Some workers are employed by BJC and not the hospital itself. The end of the lease could be the end of their jobs. They wanted to make their message known.
"To make sure that the board understands that there's a segment of Boone, of the family here, that will dramatically be impacted by the lease," employee Eric Presley said.
Along with public comment, the board has sent out requests for proposals from other companies. The new proposals are due at the end of this month to give the board a chance to review all options.
"After that we will make a decision on what we plan to do," Board Chairman Barbara Weaver said.
The decision will come after at least two more open sessions so more people can speak their minds. The Board of Trustees will have until Dec. 31 to make a decision. The board will meet three more times to discuss the lease.