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Keokuk City Council Contributes to KAH

Jason Parrott
Tri States Public Radio

Keokuk Area Hospital is getting a $100,000 boost from its home city.

The contribution from the Keokuk City Council will be used as a match for about $150,00 in state and federal funds.

This is the second time in less than a year that the city has provided $100,000 to the hospital.

Interim CEO Kathy DeVine told the council, just prior to its vote, that there are times when the hospital must juggle paying bills.

“You will help us move out of that into more normal operations as we go down the road," says DeVine.

Mayor Tom Marion says money is tight for Keokuk, but this had to be done to help save several hundred jobs.

“You gotta think that if you lose those jobs, it is a heck of a lot harder to get those jobs back," says Marion.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is expected to reconsider a similar contribution during its Tuesday, Apr. 8 meeting in Keokuk.  The panel voted against it last month.

The hospital has said it plans to come to the city and county as long as state and federal dollars are available.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.