Inyo Board meeting Tuesday to appoint SIH board members
statement from the Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Inyo Board of Supervisors Will Convene in Special Session Tomorrow to Appoint a New Southern Inyo Hospital Board
INDEPENDENCE – The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has called a Special Meeting for the purpose of appoint a quorum to the Board of Directors of the Southern Inyo Hospital District. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2015. The need to appoint a quorum – three members – to the Southern Inyo Hospital Board was necessitated by the recent resignations, in masse, of the entire Board of Directors for the Southern Inyo Health Care District.
The situation led one observer to comment, “The Southern Inyo Hospital ship does not have a captain or a rudder, and it’s in very rough seas.” The appointment of a quorum tomorrow will re-establish a governance structure to interface with State regulators, employees, the community and creditors, and make decisions about the hospital’s future.
Inyo County issued a press release last week informing the public that it might be necessary for the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to make emergency appointments to establish a quorum on the Southern Inyo Health Care District Board, and asking for letters of interest from residents of the Hospital District. Because of uncertainty about if, or when appointments might be necessary, the County announced that it would accept letters of interest on an on-going basis.
The agenda for the Special Meeting notes that letters of interest have been received from Richard P. Fedchenko, Jaque Hickman, and Mark Lacey. The agenda also notes that the Board of Supervisors will also consider nominations for appointment, self and otherwise, from the floor during the meeting.
In order to qualify for an appointment you must be a voting resident of the District.