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Commission isn't daffy, Dunston picked to serve

Earlier this month, Franklin County's Board of Commissioners were asked to be ready to nominate four people to serve on the Maria Parham Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

On Monday night, they did.

Commissioner Sidney Dunston bested (tongue-in-cheek) challenges from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America.

Dunston, who played a role in bringing emergency room healthcare back to Franklin County, was the only nominee that commissioners officially agreed to nominate as their representative on the hospital's board of trustees.

According to the purchase agreement reached by Duke Lifepoint/Maria Parham Health and Franklin County, commissioners have the right to one seat on the board of trustees.

In order to determine who fills that seat ... county commissioners shall, after consultation with Duke Lifepoint -- the agreement states -- nominate four mutually agreeable candidates and the hospital would make the final call on which of the nominees serves on the board of trustees.

When reminded on Monday night that commissioners were responsible for making three other nominations, they were clearly not ready to name anyone else but Dunston.

"We've asked one of our commissioners over the past two or three years to be our representative in this action to get the hospital re-opened," Commission Chair Cedric Jones said, in reference to Dunston.

"[He] has served very well doing that," Jones said. "I think we ought to give him the opportunity to serve on this board."

Commissioners agreed by unanimous decision to do so.

Then, they had no one else to recommend.

Then, Commissioner David Bunn suggested some pretty animated nominees -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

I suspect the Disney trio would have a tough time fulfilling the commitment to serve on the board of trustees as they are pretty committed to remaining in the Happiest Place on Earth.

Then, Commissioner Michael Schriver suggested three other candidates: Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America.

Superman may have some free time as his time in the movies seems to be up.

Spoiler alert -- Spider-Man is amongst the recently deceased and Captain America is heartbroken after losing his best friend.

So, I'm guessing they won't have the time or corporeal form to serve on the board of trustees.

So, again, the choice is Dunston. He certainly has the backing of his colleagues, and he will probably serve the county's interests well in the position if he's chosen.

But one thing I haven't been clear about is whether Franklin County's representative on the board of trustees must be a county commissioner.

If not, it's a shame that either there wasn't more interest from residents to serve on that board or, perhaps, our commissioners didn't do a more vigorous job of seeing who else might be willing to serve in such an important position.

Now, though, we expect Dunston to be heroic in his advocacy for Franklin County as its representative on the board of trustees.

And, we expect him to be pretty animated when, perhaps, trustees are considering some healthcare policy that doesn't bode well for Franklin County and its residents.


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