Hayes picked to serve on hospital authority

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes was voted by his fellow commissioners to serve on the Dougherty County Hospital Authority, replacing retiring commissioner Chuck Lingle.

Hayes is the elected representative of the county's second district.

The appointment fills the void that will be left when Lingle retires from elected office at the end of the month.

But because Hospital Authority member Wilhelmina Hall has reached her two-term cap on service on the board, Lingle was chosen from a group that included two additional candidates to serve as a citizen appointee by the commission.

While the board technically owns Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, in 1990 the authority leased its assets to the Phoebe board, which is now responsible for those assets.

The lease also dictates how Phoebe provides care to indigent patients throughout Southwest Georgia, requiring the hospital to make sure that no less than 3 percent of its patient base be indigent patients.

According to the most recent tax documents filed by Phoebe -- 2008 Form 990 -- the hospital transferred $114,523 to the hospital authority and had a book value of $242.8 million in land, buildings and equipment.

In addition to appointing Hayes to the board, the commission voted to reappoint incumbent board members Fred Ghiglieri and Ralph Rosenberg to the board.

Each appointment encompasses a five-year term.