Three female officers now lead the Erlanger board

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Erlanger Baroness is seen from Missionary Ridge on Friday, March 27, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Three female officers are now leading the Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees for the first time in the public hospital's history following officer elections at a board meeting on Thursday.

Chair Linda Moss Mines was chosen to remain in her role for a second year, as was vice chair Sheila Boyington. Trustee Vicky Gregg was elected to replace former board secretary Gerald Webb - who will remain on the board as a trustee but felt it would be a challenge to continue balancing the secretary role with his job as a Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge.

photo Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Hamilton County Historian Linda Moss Mines talks open the county being named after Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton County celebrated its 200th birthday with a celebration on the courthouse steps on October 25, 2019.

Mines thanked Webb for his service as secretary and Gregg - one of the board's newest members - for being willing to step into that position.

Boyington said that the past year has been "very difficult" for the hospital, and that having Mines as chair "has been very valuable."

"I just appreciate all that you do, not only for Erlanger but for the whole community, and just look forward to this next year hopefully being a little better than the past," Boyington said, speaking to Mines.

photo Erlanger Health System Board of Trustee member Sheila Boyington is seen in the POB room at Erlanger for an Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mines is a retired educator and historian, serving for 25 years as chairwoman of the Girls Preparatory School history department and now as the Chattanooga-Hamilton County historian. She was appointed to the Erlanger board in 2015.

Boyington, president of the educational technology company Thinking Media, joined the board in September 2017, and Gregg joined the board in November 2019. Gregg was the chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee from January 2003 to December 2012 and a former Erlanger nurse.

photo Staff Photo by Allison Kwesell/Chattanooga Times Free Press/ Sep 20, 2010 - Vicky Gregg, President and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, talks about this year's TCAP scores which will be the first to reflect Tennessee's new, higher standards, resulting from tests administered statewide in April, 2010. The bar on the test has been raised and scores are expected to show a drop-off in student proficiency.

Erlanger is governed by an 11-member board of trustees who serve without compensation.

The county mayor appoints six trustees with approval from the Hamilton County Commission, and the local legislative delegation appoints four trustees by a majority vote. The medical chief of staff also serves as a trustee.

One trustee position is currently vacant, since former trustee Steve Angle, chancellor of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, resigned from the board in light of COVID-19. Angle said at the time that his responsibility leading the university through a pandemic did not afford him enough time to devote to the hospital board.

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