Longtime Erlanger Trustee Russell King Stepping Down

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Longtime Erlanger Hospital trustee Russell King on Wednesday said he is stepping down.

Attorney King noted that under the new Erlanger bill that the chancellors will no longer have an appointment.

He sent this letter to Chancellors Howell Peoples (ret.), Frank Brown and Jeff Atherton:

Dear Chancellors:

It was a distinct honor and high privilege that you asked me to serve and to continue to serve as the Chancery Court’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Hamilton County Hospital Authority which, of course, is responsible for the operation of Erlanger Medical Center and T.
C. Thompson’s Childrens’ Hospital, among other facilities.  It is no secret that I am very passionate about Erlanger and its unique mission of providing health care to all our area citizens, regardless of the sick or injured person’s ability to pay, and am greatly honored to have been a small part of such a wonderful medical center for so many years.  Your support means very much to me, and you always encouraged me to exercise my best judgment in serving on the board. 

Your understanding and appreciation of Erlanger’s critical role in not only providing health care to everyone, and also providing numerous specialty services, provided at Erlanger and no where else, has been outstanding.  Just as critical, Erlanger is training more and more of our doctors and other health care providers in our area because of Erlanger’s affiliation with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  A great majority of doctors practicing in this area either trained at Erlanger or are involved in the teaching program.  That number increases every year.

The Board of Trustees is currently in transition because of recent changes in the Authority Act.  I believe that the Board should be modernized in several ways, and strongly support our Legislative Delegation’s continuing efforts to improve the governing structure. The most recent change will reduce the number of  Board members, and simultaneously eliminates the Chancery Court’s appointment.  Historically you have made excellent appointments to the Board (present appointment excluded!) but I do believe the Board of Trustees should become self-perpetuating and that the governance model should become a 501(c)3 model to allow the Hospital Authority to pursue initiatives that are crucial to Erlanger’s ability not only to “survive” but to thrive in the rapidly changing health care environment.

Thank you again for your support and confidence in me, and more importantly, for your support for Erlanger.  In keeping with the intentions of the new legislation and motivated by the belief that the new legislation should be implemented as soon as possible, I am submitting my resignation from the Board effective immediately.

Authorities Searching For Man Who Escaped From Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute

Dustin Adams, 26,  walked away from a court ordered evaluation at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. Officials from the Institute reported him missing at approximately  7:37 p.m .  Hamilton County Sheriff’s Corrections officers signed Adams over to the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute on Tuesday. Adams was not in the custody of the HCSO at ... (click for more)

Congress Sends President First State Department Authorization In 14 Years

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  on Saturd ay announced that for the first time  in 14 years , a State Department authorization bill will be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The Senate unanimously approved   S.1635   on Saturday. It is legislation referred to the Senate earlier this week from the ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: John Glenn’s ‘Hero’

When John Glenn became the first man to orbit earth, the timing was perfect. I was 13 years old at the time, in need of a hero, and I latched on to the astronaut tighter than a tick. All of us boys knew he’d flown 150 missions in fighters in World War II and Korea and, believe me, he was “The Right Stuff” long before the great movie about the Mercy 7 daredevils came out about 30 ... (click for more)

Cleveland Shocks Bradley To Win Cleveland Duals

CLEVELAND – There have been a lot of positive and memorable experiences for the Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team in recent years, but they’ll have a tough time topping the one they had in their own gym Saturday. Hosting the annual Cleveland Duals and certainly a team considered one of the pre-tournament favorites, the Blue Raiders beat three of the top four teams in the state, ... (click for more)

Heights Rallies For 72-67 Victory Over Athlete Institute

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 26 points Saturday as Hamilton Heights rallied for a hard-fought 72-67 victory against Athlete Institute of Canada in the Buckeye Elite Showcase in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Hawks (7-2) built a 19-16 first-quarter lead, but fell behind 40-32 at halftime and still trailed 58-49 going into the fourth period at Portsmouth ... (click for more)