Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 25, 2013

Heirs of hospital stockholders meet

Glasgow Daily Times


A group of heirs and interested parties who want a voice in the running of T.J. Samson Community Hospital is having a series of meetings leading up to its big election on May 25.

Led by Glasgow resident D.T. Froedge, some community members have been speaking out against the management of T.J. Samson for about seven months. There was a public forum conducted in August, and committees formed after that forum hoped to open lines of communication with the hospital to express concerns about Glasgow’s healthcare hub. The committees did not get significant results, according to Froedge, and last month he began an effort to bring together those in the community whose ancestors bought an original stock in the local hospital.

Individuals and businesses who donated more than $25 to the creation of T.J. Samson were named stockholders in 1926, and for the first several decades of the hospital’s existence, those stockholders had the right to annually elect a board of trustees. The stockholders’ right to vote was written out of the articles of incorporation during a vote in 1968, and the issue was not contested until Froedge and other members of the community decided the hospital is no longer looking out for the community’s best interest.

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