Keokuk Area Hospital requested and received roughly $100,000 from Lee County in both 2013 and 2014. The third time might not be the charm, though, as the hospital's request for another $100,000 appears to be going nowhere.
Duane Fitch has been trying to have a sit-down meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors for months, but it does not appear that will happen anytime soon. That's because Board Chairman Ron Fedler is not extending him an invitation.
Keokuk Area Hospital did something during its most recently completed fiscal year that it hadn't done since 2009: end the year with a positive net income. The head of the firm charged with reversing the hospital's financial struggles during the last few years said while that is great news and shows the result of lots of hard work, there is still a big hurdle to clear.