Hutcheson board doesn't show up to meeting about potential deal with Erlanger ... again

Hutcheson board doesn't show up to meeting about potential deal with Erlanger ... again

June 10th, 2016 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Walker County officials are still on the hook for the $8.5 million owed for a loan Hutcheson received from Erlanger which the county backed, though the county recently tried to settle the lawsuit for $1.3 million.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

A board meeting for the Hospital Authority of Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties was cancelled Thursday night because not enough members showed up.

With only Bill Cohen, Robert Goff and Dr. Darrell Weldon in attendance, attorney Tom Weldon called off the meeting. The board cannot meet without at least five of its eight members present.

The board attended to debate a potential settlement agreement with Erlanger Health System over the dissolution of Hutcheson Medical Center. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that the Hospital Authority owes Erlanger $36 million.

This is the second time in a week that a Hospital Authority meeting was canceled because not enough board members attended. They were also supposed to meet Saturday.