North Kansas City Hospital battle takes step forward as both sides wait on governor

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After legislation and lawsuits, leaders from both the city of North Kansas City and North Kansas City Hospital sat down for a face-to-face meeting Friday.

Both sides have been at odds for months over the proposed sale of the hospital. The city wants to sell it; the hospital says it's not the city's to sell. A bill now sits on Governor Jay Nixon's desk, which, if signed, could end the battle.

In the meantime, both sides met to talk Friday over lunch without the presence of their attorneys.

The hospital board's president calls it a very productive meeting.

"Hopefully the governor will go ahead and sign the bill so we will not have to worry about selling the hospital," said Michael Montgomery, chairman of the North Kansas City Hospital Board.  "And then work on getting rid of the litigation, and then hopefully work on things together to help the city of North Kansas City in any way we can."

North Kansas City Mayor Don Stielow also called the informal meeting a step in the right direction, telling 41 Action News "We're trying to get to a point where everyone is friends again."

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