PHILIPSBURG – On a day cloaked in the newness of freshly sharpened pencils and crisp notebooks, the area should also know who the new owner of the Philipsburg Area Hospital will be.
As many area schools hold their first day of classes, new bidders have come forward for the Philipsburg Area Hospital, and three entities will vie for the facility at an auction to be held in Harrisburg Aug. 30.
Dr. Larry Adams of Philipsburg had come forward as one of the bidders earlier this month, but Adams will contend with two others in the upcoming auction.
Approximately 150 people were without jobs when the facility closed its doors in April.
Adams had plans to open the hospital in phases, saying the emergency room would be the first portion to be re-opened.
Adams had been informed that he submitted the winning bid for the hospital two weeks ago, but that deal had to be approved by the hospital’s creditors and legal counsel.
One of the bidders has not been identified, but the third group, Incare, includes 14 physicians.
When the hospital closed, it was facing debts of more than $9.3 million.