MONTROSE – Following last week’s move by the Montrose County Commissioners to remove three volunteers from the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the remaining trustees held a special meeting on Monday where new officers were appointed, the board’s attorney, David Masters was fired, and Trustee Richard Harding was reseated with the board.
Trustees J. Don Vacca, Matthew Nocas and Scott Ludian were removed from the MMH Board of Trustees by commissioners Ron Henderson and David White last week for their roles in allegedly acting beyond their scope of authority when they voted to remove Harding from the board last week for refusing to submit a social security number for a background check. The commissioners also allege the three showed a lack of oversight in the protection of county-owned assets.
Monday’s special meeting of the MMH Board of Trustees was a regrouping of sorts in the aftermath of the commissioners’ decision to remove the three trustees.
Trustee George Glasier, who was appointed to the board by the commissioners earlier this year, said Harding was allowed to participate in Monday’s meeting. Without Harding’s participation, there would not have been a quorum required to conduct business.
“We agreed with the county and the commissioners’ position and re-seated Richard,” Glasier said on Tuesday. “There was a quorum at the meeting.”
Glasier was appointed president of the board (previously held by Vacca) and Trustee Mark Young was appointed Vice President of the board.
Glasier said the board went on to consider and approve a measure to relocate the trustees meeting space from the Region 10 building to unused space in the Montrose County building. The county will provide the space at no charge, which will save the board approximately $300 a month in rent.
The MMH Board of Trustees, after Monday’s meeting, will also save money on legal fees following the removal of Masters as its legal representative. From now on, Montrose County Attorney Teresa Williams will be representing the board of trustees.
“We decided, based on discussions we had had with the county attorney and the county commissioners to use the county attorney for legal advice,” Glasier said.
As for the MMH Board of Trustees’ policy that requires new trustees to submit a social security number for a background check, which was approved by the trustees in 2010, Glasier said the board will have to look at that policy to be “revised, revoked or updated.”
“We need to look at that and revisit that policy,” Glasier continued. “If you don’t have clearance at the hospital, they are not going to let you in. If Richard Harding decides that he’s not going to produce his social security number, they are probably not going to let him in. Those are the things we are going to have to look at. A board member does not necessarily have to produce a social security number but might not be able to do inspections [as trustees are tasked to do]. Those are the things we will have to look at.”