Montrose board meets today in hospital squabble

The Montrose County commissioners will discuss their position on changes in the lease of Montrose Memorial Hospital at 8:30 this morning, but the commission won’t get a chance to prevent the change until December.

A hearing on an injunction is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Montrose County District Court.

The hospital board of trustees leased the hospital to a private, nonprofit corporation that was created by the trustees. The idea, hospital trustees have said, was to protect the borrowing authority of the hospital if Amendment 60 passes on Nov. 2. The action also put the hospital’s assets out of the reach of the commission to be used for unrelated purposes, the trustees said.

The commission in a news release Tuesday condemned the change and said it was “apparent the current hospital board is only concerned with their own self perpetuation and want to regulate themselves with no oversight from anyone.”

Commissioner Ron Henderson said the commission had no designs on the hospital assets, and other sources were being considered to fund a $2 million hangar to lure Extra Aircraft to Montrose.

The commission said in its news release it fears the lease might not comply with various legal requirements, including the Colorado Hospital Transfer Act.

Hospital Chairman Steve Glasmann said the commission keeps pushing the wrong issue.

“We have never heard anything out of the commissioners’ mouths about what’s best for the community or what’s best for the hospital,” Glasmann said. “All it’s been is that they didn’t tell us in advance.”

Once the County Commission appointed the hospital board, it has no further oversight authority and can only remove trustees for cause, Glasmann said.

“And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of doing your job as being a cause for removal,” he said.


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