Territorial hospital board circumvents open meetings law to OK new officers

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ST. CROIX - The territorial hospital board on Wednesday circumvented the Public Meetings Law, as well as the board process itself, to OK certifying officers for Luis Hospital, creating a "virtual" approval without ever discussing the matter, taking a vote or involving the public at all.

Loren Kleeger, the attorney for the territorial hospital board, said that Luis Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kendall Griffith appointed the certifying officers - but the bank wanted to be sure that the board was aware of it.

V.I. Code places responsibility for hospital bank accounts squarely with the hospital board.

Kleeger said that Board Chairwoman Lynn Millin-Maduro emailed all territorial hospital board members individually and gave them the opportunity to see the resumes of the proposed certifying officers and to ask questions.

According to Kleeger, there was no meeting by telephone, board members did not talk to each other, and they did not vote on Griffith's choices for certifying officers.

He said that board members instead responded to Millin-Maduro individually by email to indicate they were aware of the certifying officers.

Kleeger said that he then sent an email to the bank's lawyer, representing that the territorial board was aware of the new signatories on the account.

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