Daniel Boone Illustration

On October 1, 2013, the only hospital in Lee County, the Lee Regional Medical Center, abruptly closed. Another dot was placed on UNC’s map of closed rural hospitals.

I recall my first three-hour drive from Blacksburg to Jonesville to meet with the local leaders organizing a plan of action.  For some reason, I thought about Daniel Boone – and the Cumberland Gap.

Our firm spent most of the Fourth Quarter finalizing the transaction in which the people of Lee County secured a new partner for the re-opening of their hospital.

Throughout the past four years, these people never wavered from their singular focus on one goal: re-open a hospital in the county.

It reminded me of this quote:

“Having an exciting destination is like setting a needle in your compass. From then on, the compass knows only one point – its ideal. And it will faithfully guide you there through the darkest nights and fiercest storms.”

– Daniel Boone.

Lee County faced many dark hours when no options seemed viable, but they preserved.

We congratulate the people of Lee County on their success in finding a partner.

We start our new year focusing the needle of our compass with the hope that we have the same commitment and determination in our goals that they did.

That’s it for today, see you soon!

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