A Missouri State Representative has asked Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster for an audit of the Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in Hayti, Mo's financial activities. Representative Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) has confirmed on Sept. 23 that he made formal requests last week and notified the PMHS Board of Trustees of his request.
This comes on the heels of resignations from all five elected Board members and the Pemiscot County Commission appointing five new members. Furloughed employees also started a petition asking Attorney General Koster to investigate the handling of the retirement funds. Comments on that petition asked the state to also look into possible conflict of interests between former Board members and their private businesses.
The new Board has held two meetings trying to restructure and work towards resolve of the financial crisis. Some steps included terminating the contract for outside billing, and working towards a loan to pay up the vendors that were 90 days or more overdue for payment. CFO Kerry Noble and CEO Jack Pennington said they would both evaluate every department to see where additional cuts could be made. Also on the chopping block could be the food services contract and a contract with a company that manages Resolutions, the psychiatric ward.
The hospital furloughed some employees citing a four million dollar debt and area residents and officials have been asking for an audit or an investigation. Representative Hodges has not heard back on his formal request.