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Greenville Co. Council discusses resolution to support House bill calling for sale of GHS as new Senate bill introduced

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Dozens of doctors from GHS are awaiting the Greenville Co. Council meeting to discuss the house bill calling for the sale of GHS. (2/20/28 FOX Carolina) Dozens of doctors from GHS are awaiting the Greenville Co. Council meeting to discuss the house bill calling for the sale of GHS. (2/20/28 FOX Carolina)
Dozens of doctors from GHS are awaiting the Greenville Co. Council meeting to discuss the house bill calling for the sale of GHS. (2/20/28 FOX Carolina) Dozens of doctors from GHS are awaiting the Greenville Co. Council meeting to discuss the house bill calling for the sale of GHS. (2/20/28 FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Tuesday, dozens of doctors sat in on the Greenville County Council meeting as members discussed a new resolution to support a House bill in Columbia that calls for the sale of Greenville Health System to a private company.  It comes as the Senate version of that bill, S1026 was introduced Tuesday afternoon in Columbia.

Senator William Timmons, a Republican from Greenville, introduced the Senate version of the bill on Tuesday.  It is similar to the House bill, H4945.  That bill calls for GHS to be sold in the private market and the money made from the sale, estimated by lawmakers to be up to $3 billion, would be used to pay off debt and then distributed in the state and Greenville community. While it doesn't change anything legally, it would show support.

But not everyone on County Council wants to see GHS sold.  FOX Carolina spoke to Bob Taylor from the Greenville County Council.  He is against the resolution, and doesn't want to see the hospital sold.

"They're gonna sell the assets so somebody else has control and they're completely out of Greenville.  Who knows where they're from, so we'd lose all control and we'd probably see the building downtown where they have their administrative staff empty out because they're someplace else."

However, those in support of the sale say in 2015, GHS restructured and leased the publicly owned asset for $1 a year without consent from legislators, which they say is illegal.

We did reach out to GHS for comment about the County Council resolution and the Senate bill.  They told us they will have representatives at the county meeting tonight.

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