PMC wants a say in trustee selection

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
   Mark Jones, CEO of the Pondera Medical Center (PMC) was on hand Wednesday morning at the regular meeting of the county commissioners to discuss a change in selection of hospital trustees.
   Presently when a vacancy for the board comes up, the commissioners advertise in The Independent-Observer, interview the prospective individuals and then make a selection to the hospital board.
   Jones presented a proposed change to the PMC articles of incorporation which, if adopted, would change how the appointment process of board members to the hospital is made.
   Jones noted the PMC wanted to work in unison with the county for a board member.
   He also mentioned that the hospital was advised by their attorney that they had a say in selection and this hasn’t happened in the past. “We are asking for a collaborative process, it doesn’t matter who provides the list,” he said,
   There was discussion that ensued on the status of both the PMC corporation which is the managing entity and the county which is the owner and the land and buildings the hospital sits on. Commissioner Sandy Broesder noted that the county provides $330,000 in taxpayer support to the hospital.
   Admittedly Jones noted, “We need and require the county, we just want a little say so in board selection and to follow our articles of incorporation.”
   No action was taken. Broesder said the commissioners would request County Attorney MaryAnn Ries to review the proposed change and the impact, if any, on the general obligation bond currently in place to pay for the latest building project.
   In other business, David Hinds, a communications project manager at Malmstrom AFB was on hand to talk about the contract with the Air Force for continued service access from the Belgian Hill communication site through June 30, 2014.
   The site is on the Richard and Carole DeBoo property and they have executed a similar contract with the Air Force in the event the county abandons the site. The commissioners approved the lease agreement.
   The commissioners also set Aug. 26, 7 p.m. in the courtroom at the courthouse for a public hearing to gain input for the distribution of money to the libraries in Conrad and Valier.
   They also approved an approach agreement with Mike Miller on the Conrad-Dupuyer road for the purpose of installing an approach.