The Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center Authority, which for decades owned and managed a hospital and nursing home in Commerce, held its final meeting Thursday afternoon, six years after selling the facility to a private investor.
All five members remaining from the nine-member board met for about two minutes in the Commerce Civic Center to dissolve the group.
Member Don Brown made the motion “to approve the dissolution of the BJC Medical Center Authority,” and Howard Smith provided a second. Members Charles Blair, Rick Massey and Don Shubert also voted for the motion.
“We tried to get it dissolved through the legislature,” Blair, the chairman, noted. “We thought it had, but (Rep.) Tommy Benton told us there is no record of it being legislatively done.”
Thursday’s move is being replicated by resolutions from the Banks and Jackson County boards of commissioners. The Commerce City Council approved a resolution on April 18. The former authority comprised nine members, three appointed by each of the three governments.
Meanwhile, Commerce also established a new Commerce Hospital Authority that will technically own the facility, which it will lease to Community Health Services of Georgia. Mayor Clark Hill said the move will not create any financial liabilities for the city.
For the full story, see the April 27 issue of The Commerce News.