By ANDY GARDNER
MASSENA -- Massena Memorial Hospital is looking at sending a draft letter of intent to affiliate with a larger health system in the next couple of months.
MMH CEO Robert Wolleben went before the Town Council on Wednesday and told them his board’s search for an affiliate remains at two potential choices.
“We’re going to propose to a system. We’re down to two systems the board has interviewed, looked at, evaluated. We hope to have our draft letter of intent to go to one of those systems in six to eight weeks,” Wolleben said.
He said that would be followed by six to eight months of due diligence on MMH”s part to figure out “if marriage is the proper step or we go to another suitor.”
Hospital officials have yet to say in public who they are looking at. At February’s town board meeting, Wolleben said he was hopeful the MMH board would name an affiliate at their meeting several days later, but it didn’t happen. The only clue he gave was to say “there’s one on the western part of the state and one on the eastern part of the state.”
In addition to the affiliation, MMH is in the process of getting the IRS to approve their application to become a non-profit entity.
He said the IRS has their application and assigned it to a field office.
“[We] will know either in 30 days or 6 months whether we have to submit additional information. It’s likely we’ll fall into the six months,” Wolleben said.