|By Gary Nelson, Crossville Chronicle, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The request was made by
Then, a discussion and debate ensued.
At least one commissioner questioned why the
"I'd just like to know why the county is being asked to approve this and not the city of
Lynch asked why the county was having to perform the action when state law says the municipality is supposed to. Boston said he did not know why.
He further explained the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of
"How come you came to us and not Covenant or CMC? You're the ones who are making money on this deal," Hyder asked.
"There is a
CMC Chief Financial Officer
Ayers added the savings would help ensure CMC and Covenant continue operating a hospital in
Commissioner Turner said he is a paramedic with Cumberland County EMS and did not like the new ambulance transport policy of CMC since the Covenant affiliation.
"They are requiring a transport to Parkwest, a Covenant hospital, instead of
"Absolutely none whatsoever," Ayers said.
County attorney Boston agreed and said he reviewed the resolution and had no issues with liability.
"This is the same resolution that has been used with all other counties and Covenant in the state," Ayers said.
Lynch said, "I feel like something's being dumped on us here and just can't wrap my head around it."
Foster also said he didn't see how an ambulance transport policy had anything to do with the resolution that was being considered.
The resolution was approved in a 12-5 vote. Commissioners Hyder,
Voting in favor were commissioners
Commissioner Lynch abstained.
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