The Pemiscot Memorial Health Services Hospital Board has five new members after the Pemiscot County Commission appointed two members September 6th in a special meeting. Delila Swinger of Caruthersville and Steve Reid of the Steele area were appointed to serve out the terms of Lee Wigginton and Linda Burnett who resigned yesterday.
These final appointments mean the Board is completely new and will start the process of restructuring giving them the ability to move forward with the process of pulling the institution out of a financial crisis.
The new Board is comprised of Eddie Brooks, Timmy Gardner, Russell Gilmore, Swinger and Reid. They will begin the process of restructuring today.
The five original Board members, Wigginton, Burnett, Bobby Khourie, Glenn Haynes, and Johnny Harmon submitted their resignations after several public meetings where it was announced that employees were being furloughed and the hospital was in debt up to four million dollars.
At a public County Commission meeting earlier this week, Kerry Noble told the Commission he had a plan to bring the hospital back into the black. It is expected that he will present the plan with CEO Jack Pennington to the new Board for approval.
Hospital employees lost most of their sick days and had to pay six percent of their salaries for health insurance during a two to three month period prior to the furloughs. Noble and Pennington both pledged to the County Commission and the public that these items would be addressed as soon as a new Board was put in place.