Teton Valley Hospital goes nonprofit

POSTED: 05:09 PM MST Jan 02, 2013    UPDATED: 06:04 PM MST Jan 02, 2013 
DRIGGS, Idaho -

An area hospital is now out of county control.

As of Jan. 1, Teton Valley Hospital in Driggs is a nonprofit, which means it's a separate entity from Teton County.

There will be no changes in the way patients receive care or how they pay for it.

"Our budget's around $17 million.  The county budget is more on the order of 4 (million dollars)," said hospital CEO Keith Gnagey.  "This places county constituents at less risk for any financial problems on our side."

Hospital administrators held a series of public forums to gain feedback during the conversion to a non-profit.

Gnagey said he still wants to hear from the public, but no meetings are scheduled.