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Hospital board discusses goals

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

In a May 22 meeting of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Board, members listened to a presentation about the Hospice program, discussed conflict of interest codes and the hospital’s 2002 priorities and goals.

Eileen Knudson, Hospice coordinator, presented the board with an overview of Hospice programs and listed the non-profit organization’s accomplishments for the year 2000.

In other agenda items, a public hearing was held to discuss the hospital’s conflict of interest codes, a requirement by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Conflict of Interest Codes require “employees in designated positions to file statements of economic interest and refrain from making or participating in making governmental decisions so as to influence any of the employees’ economic interests.”

The board concluded that certain hospital positions like board members, CEO, directors of most services, and consultants were to be required to file economic interest statements with the hospital, who will “make the statements available for public inspection and reproduction.”

The floor was opened for discussion, but no public comments were heard on the issue.

Larry Long, CEO of TFH, concluded the four-hour board meeting with a discussion about the hospital’s 2002 priorities and goals.

The priorities under discussion included increasing the hospital’s capacity through the new hospital additions, installing a hospital information system and adding new services.

Long said that board members were supportive of his vision but had some feedback and suggestions.

Those ideas will be incorporated into the resolution, which should be adopted in next month’s meeting.

TFH board meetings are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


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