The Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems Hospital Board will be back in full force, most likely later this week after the Pemiscot County Commission appointed three new Board members on September 4th. The appointments were made necessary when Glenn Haynes, Johnny Harmon, and Bobby Khourie submitted their resignations last week.
According to County Clerk Pam Treece, the County Commission has appointed Russell Gilmore of Braggadocio, MO, Timmy Gardener of Hayti, MO, and Eddie Brooks of Caruthersville, MO to the Board. All three are appointed until April 2014, when elections will be held to fill the unexpired terms of two seats and the five year term for the first seat.
The new members will join Lee Wigginton and Linda Burnett already on the Board. They will be tasked with the job of trying to rebuild community trust, employee morale and work towards financial recovery of the institution.
At Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, the Commission and community members pledged their support for a time of “healing” at the hospital. Kerry Noble addressed the Commission and public with a plan to restructure health insurance and employee benefits along with moving forward to bring the hospital’s cash flow back into the black. The Hospital Board is expected to hold its first meeting with the new members later this week.
Noble and CEO Jack Pennington will present their plans to the new Board for approval at that time. State officials and community members have asked Governor Jay Nixon for a state audit of the facility and no word has been received on that request yet. Former employees have petitioned Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for an investigation into retirement funds and possible conflict of interests concerning former Board members
County Commission members and community leaders expressed their desire for the hospital to move forward. The hospital serves an impoverished area and many uninsured and under insured patients.