published Friday, February 15th, 2013

Tennessee House passes Erlanger board overhaul act

Erlanger Legislation
Erlanger Legislation

As the state House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an overhaul of Erlanger Health Systems' board of trustees, a local county commissioner continued to press for answers to questions about how the new board will be set up.

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 nine members and changes how trustees are appointed.

Erlanger's current board is set to meet Monday and vote on a new chief executive.

At a commission meeting at about the same time, Commissioner Tim Boyd reiterated his concerns about the proposed legislation.

At the close of a regularly scheduled agenda meeting, Boyd said he had issue with how the new Erlanger trustees and board chairman would be appointed under the legislation. He also took issue with the proposed law locking the county into a mandatory annual contribution to the health system.

"[The legislation] gives more power to a representative in Shelby County than this commission to decide who appoints the initial board members," Boyd said to commissioners.

Boyd urged fellow commissioners to demand a short list of board candidates and to discuss a list of 11 concerns he has with the legislation before signing off on the bill.

Boyd sent state legislators a letter outlining his concerns.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

about Andy Sher...

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, ...

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