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New WMC Board holds first meeting

The Wrangell Medical Center Board came together for their first meeting Wednesday evening to elect officers and come up with a plan. Woody Wilson defeated Bernie Massin 4-3 for the presidential post. Massin is now the vice president of the board. Terri Henson will be the secretary and Cori Robinson will serve as treasurer, though those two posts are somewhat symbolic and much of the work is done by the hospital staff.  The group also held a long discussion on their upcoming meeting plans and where the meetings should be held. Ultimately it was decided that they would continue to meet in the hospital conference room, unless it is regularly too crowded. Then they will discuss moving the meetings.

On September 5 the new board will meet for a workshop focused on learning about the board’s roles, policies, and procedures. They will come together again on September 10 for an executive session with the borough attorney to discuss legal matters surrounding the hospital. Two days later they will convene again for a special meeting with the hospital’s risk management trainer. The regular meetings will take place every third Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the hospital. The next regular meeting will be September 19.

All of the meetings are open to the public except the executive session. The new board president stressed the need for the board to remain open and transparent and follow all rules of the Open Meetings Act, including not sending too many group emails among themselves.


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