Closed hospital on credit report item item paid looking for removal?

My husband has two negative items on his credit report and they are medical bills from a now closed hospital. He had a staff infection and without insurance at the time. The hospital is now closed for the last few years and wanted to write a good will letter for removal but now unable to reach any source. It has... show more My husband has two negative items on his credit report and they are medical bills from a now closed hospital. He had a staff infection and without insurance at the time. The hospital is now closed for the last few years and wanted to write a good will letter for removal but now unable to reach any source. It has also gone to NCO financial which is not the best collections agency to deal with. Any suggestions? Any legal recourse?
Update: Item has been paid through credit union, husband did not know of pay to delete at the time, the credit union just paid it out of the loan he got from them. It is with NCO and not OC but the original date is near two years older than orignal service date.
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