The Gadsden Hospital Board, Inc. made a request at last week’s county commission meeting for two more members and a restructure of the board’s terms.
According to Michael Glazer, the GHI board attorney, there are currently nine members on the board. They are asking for the two additional members to meet their original recommendation of eleven members.
The current GHI Board members are Craig McMillan (Chair), Sheila Atkins, Jimmy Suber, Scott Whitehead, Fred Dudley, Shaia Rene’ Simmons and Herb Sheheane.
Physician member Dr. Charles Kent recently resigned, leaving that position open as well.
Glazer said the level of activity of GHI has diminished significantly. That board does not regularly meet, he said, and it has no specific tasks at present.
Glazer said there is some confusion about the expiration of the terms of some of its members that needed rectifying by setting three groups whose terms will expire in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
According to the GHI by-laws:
• All board members are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners of Gadsden County.
• All GHI board members must be residents of Gadsden County or a person that owns or is a full-time employee of a business with a permanent location in Gadsden County.
• GHI board member terms are for five years and board members are eligible for reappointment. Terms run on a calendar year basis.
• The GHI board is supposed to have nine members although as few as five and as many as eleven are authorized.
• One director is supposed to be a doctor but the board is authorized to act without a physician member.
• There are supposed to be three groups of directors with terms staggered in two year increments.
During the discussion Commissioner Brenda Holt stated that new ideas were needed on the board.
She wants to have overnight beds added to the current facility.
Currently the Gadsden Memorial Campus, which is operated by Capital Regional Medical Center, is an emergency room and
Commissioner Sherrie Taylor said she wanted to see progress at the facility as well. She suggested that someone from the Gadsden County Health Council be appointed to the board.
The commissioners passed the recommendations of the GHI board, in a 3-1 vote, to add two members and apply the new terms.
Commissioner Holt voted against the measure and Commissioner Doug Croley was not present at the meeting.
In a related issue, Glazer told the commissioners that the work had been completed on the 1,200-square-foot office space at the hospital campus and specialists were now being brought in on a time-share agreement.
The agreement allows doctors that include a cardiologist, OB-GYN and other specialists to see local patients by sharing the space located at the area at the front of the facility part-time.