Bill To Revamp Erlanger Board Scheduled This Week

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rep. Gerald McCormick, Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, has introduced the bill revising the governance structure of Erlanger Health System and the
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority.

He said continued discussions among all parties involved have resulted in an improved version of the legislation which will be considered this week in the House State Government Committee.

The Authority was originally established by an Act of the General Assembly and adopted by Hamilton County in 1976.

This bill amends the original Act and subsequent legislation relative to Erlanger Health System.

Rep. McCormick said, “The intent of this legislation is to provide Erlanger Health System with a governance structure more in keeping with the $500,000,000 enterprise that it has grown to become. A new entity is not being created to oversee the hospital. Reforming the board structure is another step in the ongoing process of improving Erlanger’s competitive position, and providing the best possible service throughout our community.”

Key provisions of the bill are:

The current board of trustees will be reconstituted to consist of nine members reflective of our community and including at least one member experienced in corporate compliance, a representative of academia, and Erlanger’s chief of medical staff The board will be self-perpetuating similar to most corporations and non-profit organizations. Upon the vacancy of any seat for any reason, the remaining board members will fill the vacancy by majority vote
The Tennessee General Assembly will make the initial appointments to the board, upon
recommendations of the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation in consultation with the Hamilton County Mayor. Thereafter, political entities will not be responsible for appointing members of the board
Trustees will serve a three-year term, and no member may serve a total of more than three terms. Initial trustees shall serve staggered terms

While the board may create other committees it deems necessary, audit and finance
committees must be established Removes provisions which are either unnecessary or addressed in other statutes under state law
The board is specifically directed to adopt policies and procedures to ensure the Authority purchases goods and services at competitive prices, and avoid conflicts of interests among the Board, management, and current or potential vendors

An independent external audit committee will be appointed to assist the board and management in preparing financial reports, budgets, and issuance of bonds

The House bill number is HB0107. The companion bill in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Todd
Gardenhire, is SB0139.

 


Community Foundation Of Greater Chattanooga Names Maeghan Jones New President

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC) has named Maeghan Jones as the foundation’s new president. Ms. Jones, who has been serving as president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, will succeed retiring President Pete Cooper on  Jan. 1, 2016 . The appointment comes following a nationwide search. “Maeghan not only has the intelligence and organizational capability ... (click for more)

Ex-Chattanooga Marine Blasts Obama In YouTube Video That Goes Viral

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)

2015 High School Football Tour Recap

  High School football officially began Monday as prep teams throughout the state donned helmets and pads for the first time with the season opening weekend 24 days away.   The sixth annual chattannogan.com tour of Hamilton County schools began with Howard just before 7 a.m. and ended at Silverdale a few minutes before 10 p.m. – 13 schools and 173 miles. ... (click for more)

Three Marion Players On 2A Preseason All-State Team

Marion County's Corey Tucker, Christian Stephens and Alex Kirkendoll have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Class 2A preseason all-state team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Other area players on the team are Tellico Plains' Ryan Bookout, Boyd-Buchanan's Eli Legg and Sweetwater's Bailey Byrum.  Marion County finished as state runner-up ... (click for more)