CCHB Media and Press

November 20, 2013

Citrus County Press Release - "RELEASE: CCHB Unanimously Approves Letter of Intent, Voting to Move Forward with the Transaction to Lease Citrus Memorial Hospital to HCA"

June 17, 2013

Citrus County Press Release - "Citrus County Hospital Board Meeting, June 18, 2013"

Dec. 17, 2012

Citrus County Press Release - "The CCHB of Trustees continues to await the 5th DCA of decision"

Feb. 17, 2012

Citrus County Chronicle - State & Local - "Ruling sides with hospital board"

February 2012

ORDER GRANTING SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR CITRUS COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD (PDF Download)

DECEMBER 2011

PRESS RELEASE
LAWSUIT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs CITRUS MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

Aug. 06, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - State & Local - "CMH trustees say they will sue to stop severance payout"

Aug. 03, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Special to the Chronicle - "State asks judge to toss CMH lawsuit"

July. 01, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Front Page - "Hospital Foundation sets aside funds for lawyers, severances"

Jun. 28, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Front Page - "CMH foundation sues to stop new law"

Jun. 25, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Local - "Hospital bill now law"

Jun. 19, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Special to the Chronicle - "Public hospital and Foundation should respect legislation"

Mar. 06, 2011

Citrus County Chronicle - Special to the Chronicle - "Foundation acts with rubber stamp"

Dec. 03, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Front Page - "State lawmakers to back legislation on hospital"

Oct. 10, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Letters to the Editor - "Board calls for mediation"

Oct. 03, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Commentary Section - "The time has come to find a resolution"

Sept. 29, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section - "The truth about hospital funding"

Sept. 28, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Letters to the Editor - "Jobs are safe"

Sept. 24, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Letters to the Editor - "Basic Questions"

Sept. 23, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Editorial - "Dispute between hospital boards leads to employee protests"

Sept. 22, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Letters to the Editor - "Where's the money?"

Sept. 21, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Front Page - "Each side wants its million's"

Sept. 20, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - State & Local - "Clarification"

Sept. 19, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Commentary Section - "Arbitration the answer to CMHS dispute"

Sept. 09, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Letters to the Editor - "Citrus County Hospital board clarifies challenges confronting CMH"

August. 20, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Guest Column - "Hospital Board of Trustees deserves support"

July 25, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Opinion Section, Guest Column - "Foundation, please meet with us"

July 18, 2010

Citrus County Chronicle - Commentary Section - "Trustees fully fund indigent care"

FAQ's

1. What is the role of the Citrus County Hospital Board?

The Florida State Legislature established the Citrus County Hospital Board in 1949 to ensure that the hospital system has the resources needed to operate its facilities and provide medically necessary healthcare for low-income patients, regardless of their ability to pay. This is performed in accordance with the Florida Health Care Responsibility Act and the Florida Indigency Eligibility Certification Standards set forth for public, non-profit hospitals.

2. Who serves on the Hospital Board?

The Governor of Florida appoints volunteer Trustees to serve on the Hospital Board for four-year terms. The appointed Trustees must be cleared through the Florida Ethics Commission and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They are then confirmed by the Florida Senate.

3. When does the Hospital Board meet?

The Hospital Board generally meets once per month, unless more frequent meetings are necessary. A public notice with meeting details will always be published in the Citrus County Chronicle. You also can obtain meeting information from this Web site.

4. What is the Hospital Board's relationship with the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc.?

The Hospital Board is the owner of Citrus Memorial Hospital and leases Citrus Memorial Hospital to the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc.

5. Can the Hospital Board levy taxes?

The Hospital Board is authorized by the State of Florida to levy up to three (3) mills per year on all taxable real and personal property in Citrus County. Up to one and one-half (1½) mills per year, which is included in the maximum millage of three (3) mills per year, may be used to repay bonds, principal and interest.

6. How does the Hospital Board determine the level of funding for indigent care?

When determining the funding level for indigent care, the Hospital Board bases its decisions on available ad valorem taxes, as well as a number of additional funding sources such as Medicaid and the Low Income Pool (LIP). These resources absolutely prevent the denial of medically necessary services for low-income or indigent citizens. However if the Foundation ever determines that additional funds are needed, they may request them of the Hospital Board.

7. Does the system’s budget shortfall jeopardize its ability to provide charity care?

Citrus Memorial Hospital and the Foundation are legally and contractually mandated to provide necessary care, regardless of a person's ability to pay. The Hospital Board will ALWAYS compel the Foundation to see and treat low income and indigent citizens.

8. Is the Hospital Board calling for employee layoffs?

Trustees do NOT support a budget that includes provisions for layoffs, reductions in the work force or reductions in benefits to employees. With the hospital having $40 million in ready cash reserves, a reduction in the workforce is not warranted at this time.

9. Will my taxes increase?

Absolutely no tax increases are needed to provide for indigent care. Through the combined resources of the Hospital Board and supplemental programs like Medicaid, 100% of all current 2010 and projected 2011 charitable expenses are fully and responsibly funded. In fact, for the last two years the Hospital Board of Trustees has been able to consistently reduce the tax burden on its citizens. Taxes were cut this year from 1.000 mills to .25 mills, the lowest the tax rate has been in 15 years.