County moves forward on Weems financials

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

But Jackel questioned whether this funding stream would be suitable to cover the costs of funding a new hospital.

“That’s not conservative,” she said. “I want a new hospital built because I know that we need it but we’ve got to be able to afford it.”

Commissioner Cheryl Sanders questioned Brownsworth about past due monies that are owed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, as well as the overall balance sheet.

“How do you plan on paying them?” she asked. “I’m not liking the numbers is what I’m telling you, Mr. Ray.”

Brownsworth said $54,000 of that debt was paid down to TMH over last year. “We are six months behind,” he said. “They are willing to float that right now. We haven’t been pushed by them to pay that off. It might take two years to get it down to 30 days, 60 days.”

He said Weems was improving its bottom line.” We’re making little steady progress towards building the assets and cash of the organization, and reducing the liabilities,” Brownsworth said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Brownsworth announced that Weems had hired a new chief financial officer, John C. Graham. He is expected to start April 15 and will be paid $110,000 annually.

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