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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

DMH board delays Raymond James decision

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DMH honors retiree at meeting


The DeSoto Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and several past board members were honored to acknowledge James “Jimmy” Earnest’s retirement during Thursday's board meeting. Jimmy provided 39 years of dedicated and loyal service to DMH, and will truly be missed by his second family at DMH.

From left: Former board member Bill Hackney, DMH CEO Vince Sica, Jimmy Earnest, DMH Board Chairwoman Janie Watson, and former board members Kathryn Hill and Tony Guidry.

by Steve Bauer

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The DeSoto Memorial Hospital board tabled discussion of hiring St. Petersburg-based financial firm Raymond James to help find a serious partner for a future sale or merger. The hospital, which only received one bid in response to its Request For Proposal earlier this year, hopes Raymond James’ large size and influence could attract more serious bidders.

Raymond James’ Pete Lawson and Sharon Ioannidis provided a brief presentation to the board, introducing the firm and outlining the services they can provide in the hospital’s attempt to attract more serious bidders.

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