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2019-2020 Authority Boards

Wellstar currently operates five hospitals, each of which is leased to Wellstar by their respective hospital authority. The hospital authorities retain ownership of the hospitals and ensure that Wellstar meets the conditions set forth in the leases. Each Hospital Authority is independent of Wellstar, and the board members of each authority are appointed according to bylaws of each authority. Some authority members are appointed by county commissioners and some are appointed by the authority itself.

The hospital operating entities of WellStar were structured as wholly owned, non-profit subsidiaries of Wellstar Health System and were organized for the benefit of and to carry out the purposes of their respective hospital authorities. The subsidiary operating entities for each hospital is exempt from federal income taxation as organizations whose purposes are exclusively charitable, educational, and scientific as described in section 501(c)(3) of the code, and are also exempt from certain state and local taxes. None of the Authorities are subject to taxes, and none has taxing power.

 
Hospital Authority of Cobb County
 

Cobb Hospital, Inc. ("CHI") was organized in 1986 and leases Wellstar Cobb Hospital from the Hospital Authority of Cobb County. The Hospital Authority of Cobb County is a public corporation activated by a resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Cobb County on August 7, 1962.

 
  Chair
Donald Newsom
 
  Vice Chair
Ford Thigpen
 
Wallace Coopwood Thomas Gearhard, MD Michael Goodman
Carmen Hughes Ed Richardson Roy Vanderslice
Steve Wilson    
 
Hospital Authority of Douglas County
 

Douglas Hospital, Inc. ("DHI") was organized in 1992 and leases Wellstar Douglas Hospital from the Hospital Authority of Douglas County. The Hospital Authority of Douglas County is a public corporation activated by a resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County on May 7, 1946.

 
  Chair
Billy Mayhew
 
  Vice Chair
Mal Rowell
 
Kathy Barnes Craig Bonds Tonya Jackson
Gary Miller Tommy Nicholson  
 
Cobb County Kennestone Hospital Authority
 

Kennestone Hospital, Inc. ("KHI") was organized in 1993 and leases Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and Windy Hill Hospital from the Cobb County Kennestone Hospital Authority. The Cobb County Kennestone Hospital Authority is a public corporation activated by a resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Cobb County on May 23, 1972.

 
  Chair
Randall Bentley
 
  Vice Chair
Bill Hutson
 
Joan Bloom Janie Maddox Paul Payne, MD
Chris Poston Bob Prillaman Janet Street
 

*The legal entity, Windy Hill Hospital, Inc. was dissolved in February 1997. The operations of Windy Hill, Inc. are now part of Kennestone Hospital, Inc., but the hospitals are licensed separately.

 
Hospital Authority of Paulding County
 

Paulding Hospital, Inc. ("PHI") was organized in 1994 and leases Wellstar Paulding Hospital and Wellstar Paulding Medical Nursing Unit from the Paulding County Hospital Authority. The Paulding County Hospital Authority is a public corporation activated by a resolution adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Paulding County on January 6, 1954.

 
  Chair
Loran Wills
 
  Chair
Nora Goodman
 
David Austin Charles Brock Rusty Durham
Sam Elrod William Foster Elaine Lane
Johnny McBurrows    
 
Sylvan Grove-Butts County Hospital Authority
 
  Chair
Jean Dodson
 
Joe Brown, Jr. Laura Carter Jim Herbert
Zack Sowell Tom Webb