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.

 


Developer Agrees To Set Aside 5 "Affordable" Units At Bread Factory Lofts After City Board Is Vote Short Of Approving Refinancing

A South Carolina developer who is purchasing the Bread Factory Lofts on the Southside agreed to set aside five units for "affordable housing" in order to get the approval of a city board for the financing of the purchase. Only four members of the Health, Education and Housing Facility Board were present, and Lloyd Longnion said he would not give approval unless the developer ... (click for more)

City Board To Issue Requests For Proposals For City-Owned Parking Lot

A city board on Wednesday voted to issue a Request for Proposals on a .66-acre city parking lot that is across King Street from the St. John's Restaurant. The city bought the lot in 2007 from architect Thomas Johnson for $195,000. Stacy Richardson, chief of staff to Mayor Andy Berke and a member of the five-person Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, said the lot ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Marshall’s 3% Folly

The National Health Interview Survey is believed to be the best gauge of health and behaviors in the United States. It is under the umbrella of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so first let me share that the figures I am going to present are directly attributed to what is the best source believed to be out there. I didn’t make these numbers up and I had nothing ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Softball Ranked No. 33 In MaxPreps Preseason Top 50

Ooltewah’s softball team is ranked No. 33 nationally in the Maxpreps Preseason Top 50 and junior Kayla Boseman is on the website’s preseason All-America team. The Lady Owls finished third in the 2015 TSSAA Class 3A state tournament, but was eliminated by Stewarts Creek 6-2 in the sectional. Ooltewah has a combined record of 81-16 over the past two seasons. Coach Jon Massey ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)