Hospital board establishes Request for Proposal for Management Contract
In a reconvened meeting, the Claiborne County Hospital Board finalized and approved their Request for Proposal packet which provides instructions and guidelines for those parties interested in submitting a proposal for the management contract with
The hospital board recessed their May 19 meeting to allow board members to review a sample Request for Proposal packet drafted by Rob Asbury and reconvened on May 26 to develop the finalized packet.
The Request for Proposal packet is a set of guidelines developed by the board for interested entities to follow when developing their management contract proposals to present to the board. The board felt these guidelines would be the best way to inform interested parties of their desires regarding the management of the hospital.
During the meeting board members discussed things they felt were important to include in the proposal packet. Mike Robertson said he felt it was important for the proposal packet to ask for information regarding the entity’s work with rural hospitals. Another suggestion was that the management entity should have effective and open communication with the board at all times. Betsy Shoffner suggested adding something to protect the current employees of the hospital. She felt that since the hospital was one of the biggest employers in the county it would be best to keep the employees best interest in mind. Other minor additions were made to Asbury’s draft.
After discussing the changes Asbury and Mary Smith, Administrative Assistant for the hospital, made the additions to the document and presented it to the board for final review. After reviewing the document the board approved the Request for Proposal and designated Smith as the contact person for all interested parties.
The board also decided to advertise a notice in the local newspapers and the Knoxville News Sentinel informing all interested parties that the hospital was searching for a management contract and that all interested parties should contact Smith for a Request for Proposal packet. The notice will run twice in each paper.
Tazewell Mayor Ezell Cox and Tazewell Alderman Wayne Jessie both attended the meeting. At the end of the meeting Jessie asked County Mayor Joe Tyler Duncan why the commission voted against the contract with Mercy Health Partners saying “if you get that many people to vote the same way there has to be a reason.”
Mayor Duncan simply replied that the commissioners wanted a chance to “compare apples to apples” and felt the hospital board should hear from some other parties before making a decision.