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OVH Board Responds To Grand Jury
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During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.

In the response to the Grand Jury, Hospital CEO John Friel noted that he concurred that some previous meeting agendas lacked specificity and more clarity was needed in them, but there was no intent to mislead.

In regard to correcting the matter, Friel wrote, “These issues had all been identified by the current Board and were corrected prior to or during the time of the Grand Jury investigation.”

Friel also acknowledged that the hospital did not adhere to its own policies in awarding a remodeling bid. He noted that once the error was brought to their attention, the bid was re-issued according to proper guidelines.

The board also announced a “Futures Committee” that would explore the best direction for the hospital when the 15-year contract with Catholic Healthcare West runs out. The committee consisted of Chun, Friel, and six other individuals on the board or hospital staff. 

Read the June 29 edition of The Oakdale Leader for more information