State officials voicing concerns about Erlanger trustees

photo Todd Gardenhire

State delegates voiced concerns today about their trust and faith in Erlanger Health System's board of trustees.

The concerns were made to county officials during an annual breakfast meeting.

The hospital trustees voted Thursday to give 99 managers at the health system $1.7 in bonuses after the hospital turned a profit for the first time in three years. That includes a $234,669 bonus for President and CEO Kevin Spiegel - which brought Spiegel's pay this year to $914,669.

"I wore my Christmas Grinch tie on purpose," State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, told a room full of county elected officials.

Gardenhire, along with State Sen. Bo Watson and Reps. Gerald McCormick and Mike Carter, are considering ways to make their appointments on the Erlanger Board of Trustees more accountable - although they offered no definite plans today.

The bonuses have angered quite a few Tennessee lawmakers.

Read more in Wednesday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.