Commission unanimously expresses confidence in Friends of the Hospital
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Commission last Tuesday gave a vote of confidence to the
Friends of the Hospital committee and encouraged them to continue their work to
help keep Pickens County Medical Center open.
Commissioner Jerry Fitch said the three members of the FOTH--State Rep. Alan
Harper, former District Judge Buddy Kirk, and County Extension Coordinator
Patti Presley-Fuller--have worked hard for the past year and half, “and we need to reaffirm this.” He added that the Commission has been asked to attend a meeting on the campus
of the University of Alabama with the FOTH on Dec. 16 about the prospect of a
major partnership between the hospital and the University.
Fitch made a motion to adopt a resolution to reaffirm “its confidence in both the prior and current work of the Friends of the
The Commission also requested the FOTH continue to involve themselves with the
following entities to “find a sustainable model in which to maintain PCMC as a central focus of health
care for the citizens of Pickens County, as well as those in the surrounding
region”: PCMC, Pickens County Medical Society, PCMC administration and employees,
community health care leaders, and Pickens County Health Care Authority Board
The resolution also authorize the FOTH to meet on the Commission’s behalf to seek to sustain the “viability of the Pickens County Medical Center as a local hospital....”
Commissioner Drew Elmore seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
Commission Chairman Bobby Bain agreed with Fitch in commending the FOTH’s efforts.
The responsibilities of the FOTH were discussed and the issue was raised if they
fall under the open meetings law. Commissioner Frederick Kennedy said he
thought they did, but County Attorney Tim McCool said they do not because they
are not an official committee of the Commission. McCool pointed out they are
serving mainly to gather information and report to the Commission, unlike say
the county’s Grievance Committee, as noted by Bain, which has the power to vote.
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