Cherokee Co. approves settlement over EMS service

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CHEROKEE CO., SC (WSPA) – Cherokee County Council voted Monday to approve a settlement and cost sharing agreement, ending a dispute with Mary Black Gaffney over EMS service.

Mary Black Gaffney filed a lawsuit in January against Cherokee County over the contract dispute. The hospital had provided EMS services to the country for free since 1984 as part of that contract when the county sold the hospital.

They had announced that they would have to terminate all EMS services to the county by March 1, 2018 unless they could agree to terms with the county to pay $45,000 a month.

As part of the settlement and agreement which was approved Monday, the county has agreed to pay 75% of the total EMS costs, up to $1.3 million.

Mary Black Gaffney will pick up the tab on the remaining 25%.

The agreement also says that Mary Black Gaffney must keep the hospital open for one year and must also provide 180 days written notice to the county if they intend to close the facility.

Mary Black Gaffney would also have to provide 30 days’ written notice before selling the facility.

The agreement was approved unanimously by county council.

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