Boone Hospital Faces Financial Decision
The hospital's Board of Trustees held a public hearing Friday morning to hear other opinions.
"As a surgeon working at the hospital, the hospital is extremely well-run," said Eric Thompson. "So I hate to see any major changes made in the administration of the hospital. On the other side, as a taxpayer of Boone County, I have concerns that the current lease arrangement is far more profitable to BJC than it is to the county."
BJC gets about $16 million, while the county and hospital get about $11 million. The county subsidized Boone Hospital Center until BJC began managing it.
If the Board of Trustees cancels the lease, options include county-appointed trustees managing the hospital or hiring a less-expensive management group.
Barbara Weaver, who chairs the board, said, "Whether nor not we want to continue to pursue the lease with BJC, or to sit down to request a proposal, we will make that decision."
Hospital trustees must decide by the end of this year. Any changes will take effect in 2008.