NASHVILLE — The state House this morning overwhelmingly passed an overhaul of Erlanger Health Systems’ board of trustees.
The private act passed on a 95-0 vote.
“It is very time sensitive in our community,” House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, told the chamber.
Local lawmakers are changing the board and its accountability functions, saying the move is needed because of problems and challenges faced by the public hospital. Among other things, it whittles the board from 12 to 9 members and changes how trustees are appointed.
As McCormick came to the House well to present the bill, he was accompanied by all four other Hamilton County House members — Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah; Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge; Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga; and Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga.
Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, is handling the Senate version.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...