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Board to review hospital spending

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Nash County Board of Commissioners is set to hear from hospital officials on spending plans among other topics Monday afternoon.

Commissioners said in December they wanted to hear from Nash UNC Health Care officials about taking on non-essential capital projects during a financial drought. In recent years, while losing money, the hospital has added a new emergency department, heart center and women's center. Currently underway is lobby and cafeteria renovations that include a new patio.

Nash UNC officials scheduled to attend Monday's meeting include hospital board Chairman James Lilley and Vice Chairman Jeffrey Batts.

Earlier this week, the hospital board tapped veteran hospital administrator L. Lee Isley to take over its turnaround efforts from interim CEO Ian Buchanan, who stepped in after Larry Chewning was ousted by the hospital board last year. Isley starts the first week of April.

Commissioners also are set to hear a presentation by Michele McKnight on the Senior Center and Aging Services.

County Facilities Director Mike Tolson is scheduled to provide information on the contracts for the planned Southern Nash Senior Center. County Finance Director Donna Wood will explain the project's ordinance and budget amendment.

Tolson will also update commissioners on site survey quotes for the county animal shelter.

The commissioners plan to enter closed session to consult with their attorney to discuss matters related to location or expansion of industries and to consider conditions of employment of an individual public officer, according to the meeting's agenda.

The board is scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room on the third floor of the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building at 120 West Washington St. in downtown Nashville.

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