NCT search results on July 27, 2012

OCEANSIDE: Tri-City ratifies contract for interim
chief executive
OCEANSIDE -- Despite a written demand to
reinstate Tri-City Medical Center's sidelined
executives and issue an apology, hospital
directors ratified a contract for an interim chief
executive Wednesday.

January 21, 2009 12:00 am(0)
OCEANSIDE: Another Tri-City meeting set for
OCEANSIDE -- Tri-City hospital directors will
hold a special meeting Wednesday to approve a
contract with a new interim chief executive officer
and discuss how to deal with skyrocketing
interest rates on outstanding hospital bonds.

January 19, 2009 12:00 am(0)
OCEANSIDE: Insurer says it may yank Tri-City
board's coverage
OCEANSIDE -- The company that provides
liability insurance to Tri-City Medical Center's
top executives and board of directors said
Thursday it will yank its coverage in a week
unless the board can show that its executives
are qualified to run the hospital.

January 08, 2009 12:00 am(0)
OCEANSIDE: Attorneys disagree on whether
Tri-City board broke law
OCEANSIDE -- Lawyers disagreed Tuesday on
whether Tri-City Medical Center's board should
have given the hospital's top executives notice
and a chance to hear the issues before placing
them on paid leave last month.

January 06, 2009 12:00 am(0)

OCEANSIDE: Attorney: Board's actions against
Tri-City executives 'illegal'
OCEANSIDE -- An attorney who said she
represents Tri-City Medical Center's sidelined
executive team took the podium at a special
meeting Monday and called actions taken
against her client "illegal."

January 06, 2009 12:00 am(0)
OCEANSIDE: Attorney: Board's actions against Tri-City
executives 'illegal'
January 06, 2009 12:00 am  •  

OCEANSIDE -- An attorney who said she represents Tri-City Medical Center's sidelined
executive team took the podium at a special meeting Monday and called actions taken
against her client "illegal."

Leslie Devaney, a lawyer with the firm Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz, told the public
hospital's executive board that its decision on Dec. 18 to take action against Arthur
Gonzalez, the hospital chief executive, and six other vice presidents violated public
meetings law. She also said that the law requires the board to provide specific reasons for
any action 24 hours ahead of time.

"You are public servants. Anything and everything you do must be done in public, and not
behind closed doors," Devaney said. "Shame on you."

Julie Biggs, the board's new attorney who was hired at the same closed-door meeting in
mid-December, said employee confidentiality concerns prevented her from addressing
most of the concerns expressed by many members of the public regarding public records
act violations.

The board was to delve into the matter at greater length in a closed session after
Monday's open meeting.

Additional details emerged at that meeting, with the board
ratifying a contract for
accountant Michael J. Williams, whose firm was hired on Dec. 18 to conduct a
forensic investigation at Tri-City. Board members also opted, on a 4-3 vote with
members RoseMarie Reno, Charlene Anderson and Kathleen Sterling in
opposition, to appoint an ad hoc committee to consider hiring an interim chief

Williams, who is the acting chief executive of the hospital, received a four-week extension
to his contract Monday. That contract sheds more light on exactly what his ongoing
investigation entails.

An exhibit included in the contract lists five items that Williams is to investigate. Those
items include:

- Reviewing the "accuracy and fairness" of the hospital's financial performance as it
pertains to Tri-City's bonus programs which resulted in an $89,000 payment to Gonzalez,
who is on paid administrative leave.

- Review financing of more than $60 million of revenue bonds that have recently seen
interest rates top 14 percent, due to the meltdown of national financial markets.

- Review the use of refunded bond proceeds and recent financial performance of the
(hospital) district.

- Review alleged retaliatory actions by hospital management against various employees.

- Provide recommendations with regard to facts or conditions that would improve
conditions or performance of the hospital.

Board members and their attorney declined to explain what any of the items mean, though
Williams did present several steps that could help Tri-City get out from under crushing
interest rates being charged on more than $60 million of recently refinanced revenue

Monday's meeting was raucous, with a standing-room-only crowd often booing the board
members who decided to put administrators on leave and hire Williams.
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Lawyer for executives said they should have
been given notice of Dec. 18 action
January 6, 2009

"If you don’t give 24 hours' notice, then it’s null
and void and against the law," Devaney said at
the meeting.

Julie Biggs, the board’s recently-appointed
attorney, said Tuesday that she disagreed and
has not advised the board to reinstate the
executives or issue a public apology, as
Devaney demanded Monday night.

Biggs said the decision to put administrators
on leave came during a discussion of potential
litigation in closed session. She said the board
would only have to give prior notice and list
allegations if it were taking a disciplinary action
against the employees.

"No complaints or charges have been taken
up," Biggs said. "This is not a disciplinary

Devaney said that she believes any action, not
just a disciplinary one, against an employee
requires the same advance notice.
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