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Hospital seeking to roll back millage
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Effingham Hospital officials and county commissioners will try to work together on finding room for the hospital to expand, and hospital trustees also are looking to roll back their millage.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to seek a rollback in its millage rate. Currently, the hospital receives 2 mills levied on county property taxes.

Effingham Hospital trustees said they want land to expand the main hospital campus and have asked commissioners for two parcels, a 3.8 acre tract east of the hospital and a 4.3 acre area to the west.

Hospital trustees expressed their appreciation for the commissioners’ support, and Chairman Stephen Mobley and strategic planning chairman Sheila Bishop said they are excited about moving forward with the hospital’s five-year strategic plan.

County commission staff is working on a master facility plan and will coordinate with the hospital on its needs and on an EMS site.

Trustees also announced Dr. Christopher Matthews will open his family practice at the Goshen Road facility June 2.

Trustees have targeted physician recruitment as their top goal in the hospital’s strategic plan.