STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            )                    STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT

COUNTY OF STOKES                   )                    DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                            )                    MAY 27, 2010

 

           

            The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met

 

for a Public Hearing regarding the future of Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc. in Courtroom

 

“A” at the Government Center Complex located in Danbury, North Carolina on Thursday,

 

May 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm with the following members present:

                                                                       

Chairman Jimmy Walker

Vice Chairman Ernest Lankford

Commissioner J. Leon Inman                        

Commissioner Ron Carroll

                                                Commissioner Stanley Smith

                                                                                                                       

                                                County Personnel in Attendance:

                                                County Manager K. Bryan Steen

                                                Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins

                                                                                               

                                                                                                                       

Chairman Jimmy Walker opened the Public Hearing.

 

Chairman Walker welcomed those in attendance for the Public Hearing.

 

Chairman Walker read the following opening statement:

 

·         Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc. consist of the hospital, long term care unit, JRJones Outpatient/Urgent Care Facility and the rented space at Stokes Medical Park

 

Commissioner Smith delivered the invocation.

                       

            Chairman Walker invited the citizens in attendance to join the Board with the Pledge of

 

Allegiance. 

 

Chairman Walker noted that 3 minutes would be allowed for each speaker and 10 minutes

 

for a designated spokesperson representing a group.

 

 

 

            Commissioner Inman read the following possible options previously listed by the Board of

 

Commissioners:

 

·         Option - Go back to the original concept – county owns and operates all components as a government agency

·         Option - Lease the hospital to a private agency (no public involvement or subsidy)

·         Option - Lease to private agency and provide some level of public subsidy

·         Option - Lease to private agency to operate and the county assumes responsibility for the operating losses if any

·         Option - Continue to own the hospital and employ a private management agency to operate the facilities for the County

 

Commissioner Smith read the following remaining possible options previously listed by the

 

Board of Commissioners:

 

·         Option - Spin the entire operation as a independent, self governing, non-profit corporation

·         Option - Sell the operation to a private agency

·         Option - To maintain the hospital as a separate corporation controlled by the County

·         Option - Convert to a for profit corporation

·         Option - Create a “holding company” with private share holders who would own and operate the hospital

·         Option - Sell part of the ownership of the hospital corporation

 

Chairman Walker stated that the Board of Commissioners is not endorsing any of the

 

options over any other possible options and there could be other options.

 

The following spoke regarding Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc:

 

Dean Gordon

1101 Coon Road

Pinnacle, NC 

 

Mr. Gordon spoke regarding the following:

 

Garry Merritt

229 Whispering Creek Road

King, NC

 

Mr. Merritt spoke regarding the following:

 

Keith Lawson

1327 Weldon Smith Road

Lawsonville, NC

 

Mr. Lawson spoke regarding the following:

area

 

Dr. Sam Newsome

124 Mountain View Road

King, NC

 

Dr. Newsome spoke regarding the following:

 

Mr. Gordon Docking

HMC

Kansas City, MO

 

Mr. Docking declined to speak at this particular time.

 

Ms. Robin Sessoms

2133 Moorefield Road

Danbury, NC

 

Ms. Sessoms spoke regarding the following:

 

Mr. Barry Stevens

3945 NC 8 HWY North

Danbury, NC

 

Mr. Stevens spoke regarding the following:

 

 

Ms. Bonnie Baker

840 Rierson Road

Madison, NC 

 

Ms. Baker declined to speak noting that Mr. Dean Gordon stated exactly what she wanted to say and reiterated the County needs to keep Stokes Reynolds open.

 

Ms. Gena Bowen

4102 Dodgetown Road

Walnut Cove, NC

 

Ms. Bowen spoke regarding the following:

 

Mr. Dwayne Young

1387 Hart Road

Lawsonville, NC

 

Mr. Young spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Deanne Moore

841 East King Street

King, NC

 

Ms. Moore spoke regarding the following:

 

Health Director Josh Swift

174 Victoria Street

Elkin, NC 

 

Director Swift spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Robin Voss

517 Trinity Church Road

King, NC  27021

 

Ms. Voss spoke regarding the following:

 

Dr. Scott Vogler

5430 Stewart Circle

Pfafftown, NC

 

Dr. Vogler spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Wendi Uselton

109 King Circle

Danbury, NC

 

Ms. Uselton spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Jane Priddy-Charlieville

105 King Circle

Danbury, NC

 

Ms. Priddy-Charlieville spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Jane Humphries

3181 Rosebud Road

Walnut Cove, NC

 

Ms. Humphries spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Kim Palmer

6741 NC 66 HWY S

King, NC 

 

Ms. Palmer spoke regarding the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Brittney Palmer

6741 NC 66 HWY S

King, NC 

 

Ms. Palmer spoke regarding the following:

 

Mr. Lamar Tillman

PO Box 624

226 Grace Stone Drive

King, NC

 

Mr. Tillman spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Melody Bowman

1742 Delta Church Road

Sandy Ridge, NC

 

Ms. Bowman spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Pam Tillman

113 Gayle Drive

King, NC

 

Ms. Tillman spoke regarding the following: (Spoke on behalf of Stokes Reynolds’ employees)

 

 

 

Ms. Emily Moorefield

1565 Moorefield Road

Danbury, NC 

 

Ms. Moorefield spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Anna Marie Mazzocchi

3810 Pinetop Road

Greensboro, NC

 

Ms. Mazzocchi spoke regarding the following:

 

Ms. Janet Whitt

902 N Main Street

Danbury, NC

 

Ms. Whitt spoke regarding the following:

 

 

 

 

Board members expressed appreciation to those in attendance for taking their time to

 

come out to express their concerns, support and ideas about health care in Stokes County

 

and the facilities of Stokes Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

 

 

Adjournment

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Walker entertained       

 

a motion to adjourn the Public Hearing.

 

Commissioner Inman moved to adjourn the Public Hearing.   Vice Chairman Lankford

 

seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________                                  _____________________________

Darlene M. Bullins                                                    Jimmy Walker

Clerk to the Board                                                    Chairman