published Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Erlanger bill advances in Tenn. State House

NASHVILLE — A bill adding Erlanger’s medical chief of staff to the public hospital authority’s board passed the House State and Local Government Committee this afternoon.

The bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, passed on a voice vote.

Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, asked McCormick what had happened to the original idea of having additional physician appointments from the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society.

McCormick said the bill’s Senate sponsor, Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, thought it best and he agreed that the chief of staff would work best _ “the reason being we didn’t want to have a conflict of interest and get us into trouble like they did a few years ago.”

Berke’s companion bill has yet to be scheduled in the Senate.

Local lawmakers say they decided to hold off until next year to do an overhaul of the original law creating the hospital authority in order to have discussions with the medical society, city and county officials, the University of Tennessee and others about Erlanger’s future direction.

The hospital has lost revenue and laid off employees in recent months.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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