BOONE HOSPITAL TRUSTEES
THE CANDIDATES: Two candidates are running for a five-year term and one candidate for a one-year term on the five-member Boone Hospital Centerboard of trustees.
Fred Parry, publisher of Inside Columbia magazine and radio personality on KFRU/1400 AM, is seeking re-election for a five-year term. His challenger is Keith Schnarre, a Centralia farmer and former Boone County presiding commissioner from 2002 to 2006. A third candidate, incumbent Brian Neuner, is running unopposed for a one-year term. Originally appointed by the board of commission after Llona Weiss resigned in 2007, Neuner is planning on finishing what he started. Neuner is the community bank president for UMB Bank.
THE JOB: Although Boone Hospital Center has not been operated by Boone County since 1985, the county government still maintains ownership of the property, while the board of trustees provides oversight. Tom Schneider, the board’s attorney, said that trustees act as landlords for the county-owned facility. BJC HealthCare leases the hospital from the county with payments of $7 million to $8 million a year. The publicly elected board uses the money to maintain the hospital property and to oversee expansion. The trustees also oversee capital acquisitions and improvements outside of the lease, Schneider said.
Recent projects include expanding the hospital through such additions as the Center for Advanced Medicine and parking garages both north and west of the center. Schneider said the trustees also can weigh in on potential issues such as outsourcing or abolishing a major hospital activity or program.
All five trustees have equal say in voting, board decisions and actions. Chairwoman Barbara Weaver sits on the BJC HealthCare board in St. Louis. BJC HealthCare oversees and operates the medical practices and day-to-day actions of the center.