Audit or not: CPH issue on tap for executive meeting

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey may ask the assembly to discuss his pending decision on whether to propose an operational audit of Central Peninsula Hospital in executive session today.

The discussion, regarding the administration's strategy on the question, is slated to come up at 4 p.m. during the Policy and Procedure Committee meeting in the Borough Administration Building.

On Monday, Carey said he planned to present a review of the situation during the committee meeting.

"Based on their response to it, I will, at the (Assembly) meeting, present what I plan to do," he said.

Carey described his review as an accumulation of information gathered through meetings with hospital chief Ryan Smith, board members of both the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc Board of Directors, as well as with borough residents.

Carey said it was appropriate to present his review in executive session as it will touch on the hospital's finances, public comments made at the Oct. 12 service area board meeting directed at Smith and that the outcome of his decision had the potential to have "legal ramifications."

The assembly members may chose whether or not to grant Carey's request for an executive session during the committee meeting.

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