The future of who manages the Beaufort County Medical Center may have to wait a while longer.
A special meeting was scheduled for the Beaufort Regional Health System Authority that could include a vote on the management agreement with the University Health Systems. The health system is also in the midst of exploring selling the hospital due, they say, to the economic downturn.
Just before noon the hospital sent out a notice saying the special 1:00 p.m. meeting cannot take place because state law was not followed.
The meeting was called by three board members, while the hospital says five member signatures are required. The hospital also says some meeting notices cited incorrect bylaw sections, while inconsistent notices were sent out.
Meanwhile, the hospital's four highest ranking employees were approved for bonuses in March, despite the $1.57 million debt. That's according to the Washington Daily News. The paper says the bonuses are 20% of their salaries, and they must stay with the hospital until next March to receive the bonus.
The Beaufort Regional Health System Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon.
Two important points came out of the meeting.
The board plans to hire an executive management team from University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina in Greenville to come in and manage the hospital while its fate is being determined.
There is no word on the cost.
We're told the management team will take over the tasks previously handled by Bill Bedsole, the CEO who recently resigned, as well as other management items.
The board also drafted a resolution to send out requests for proposals from parties interested in buying or leasing the hospital.
Some were for Tuesday's decisions, while others were not.
"This board has sat here day after day, tears running down their faces, telling me how they care about these employees," said Hood Richardson, who is on the board. "I do not see that. I quite frankly see some people that try to dump a problem as quickly as they can get rid of it."
Sandy Hardy, the chairman of the board, said the decision to bring in an outside management team is a positive one.
"They have a proven track record of looking after the health care of eastern North Carolina," Hardy said. "They have done this before at other distressed hospitals. They have a good track record and I have good confidence in them."
We're told Hardy is meeting with the UHS management team Wednesday.
The request for proposals issue will be taken up again at a special meeting of the Hospital Authority Board on July 13.
After the CEO of Beaufort County's Hospital resigned suddenly, the Board of Trustees decided to name the next person in line to manage the CEO's day to day responsibilities.
The Board called for a special meeting on Thursday, only to cancel it. A spokeswoman says the hospital is following its chain of command and has put Susan Shaw Gerard in charge of longtime CEO Bill Bedsole’s responsibilities.
The Hospital Board will meet at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. According to the spokeswoman that’s when an interim CEO will be named.
As Beaufort Regional Health System explores affiliating with another health system, longtime CEO Bill Bedsole has announced his resignation.
Edwin “Sandy” Hardy, Chairman of the Board of Beaufort Regional Health System says that after 23 years of service to the health system, CEO Bill Bedsole has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities.
Hardy says, “We appreciate Mr. Bedsole’s dedication and service to our hospital and the health system and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In the interim, the remaining members of our Administrative Team, with guidance from the Board of Trustees, will continue leading the daily operations of the health system and meeting our mission of providing safe, high quality health care to our patients.”
The Board of Trustees has a meeting scheduled for Thursday.
The health system is in the midst of exploring selling the hospital due, they say, to the economic downturn.
Leaders at Beaufort County Medical Center say the economy has made it difficult for the hospital to stay independent.
The hospital believes that they need to join the national and state trend and affiliate with a larger health care system.
The hospital has put out proposals and they are still waiting for them to all come in, to see who they may merge with.
Hospital officials say other reasons for the tough financial situation include people losing jobs and health care coverage while their health care needs remain the same.