"The Defendant Board of Directors of T.J. Samson Community Hospital is the valid Board provided that the electoral procedures required by in the 2011 Restated Articles and Hospital bylaws were followed,” Howard stated in his ruling. “The Court was not asked to decide that particular issue and has been provided no evidence about the recent election.”
Attorney Jeff Herbert, who represented the hospital board in the suit, said they were obviously very pleased by the outcome although he felt it was regrettable they had to go through it because of “a few misguided people.”
“It's a shame the hospital has had to spend its time and money defending this claim, which diverted their goal of high-quality healthcare in the community, but now we can move on,” he said.
Herbert said the judge's opinion was “very well-written and thorough” and that he had no idea whether the plaintiffs planned to appeal the ruling.
This is a final and appealable judgment, according to the court records.
“I'm very disappointed with the decision and we will be considering our options and whether or not we want to appeal,” said Alan Simpson, attorney for Honeycutt, who is a Glasgow city council member, and the other plaintiffs.
Simpson said he will need to meet with his clients before any further action is considered.
“It's an issue of law that has really never been tested in Kentucky before, so we'll just have to wait and see what we decide to do,” he said.
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