Corinth hospital board seats in question

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Corinth leaders are reviewing reappointments of two hospital board members by the city board whose term ended Oct. 31, 2010.
The two board positions, held by Dr. Darwin Wooten and Malcolm Guyton, were due to expire Nov. 15, 2010, after a new city board took office on Nov. 2. They were reappointed to the Magnolia Regional Health Center board on Oct. 5, 2010.
An attorney general’s opinion received recently said the two board members have not been properly appointed, and therefore serve in a “de facto” capacity – meaning what is actually happening – until they or others are appointed to fill those two seats on the seven-member board, said city attorney William “Bill” Davis.
Though any actions taken by those board members during this de facto period are valid and binding, Davis said their status raises bonding and liability concerns for the individuals and the hospital board.
He therefore recommended that the city board be prepared to take action on the two appointments at the next regularly scheduled board meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 15. If there are any new board member recommendations they will be presented at that time.
Magnolia Regional Health Center is a city and county-owned hospital which has three board members appointed by the city, three appointed by the county and one jointly appointed.
Currently serving on the MRHC board are city-appointed members Wooten, Guyton and Wayne Gann, whose five-year term expires in 2013. The three county-appointed seats are held by Larry James, Dr. Tommy Alexander and Lex Mitchell, and the joint city-county appointment is held by Myrna McNair.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.