New River Medical Center (NRMC), Hospital District Board Members have voted to disband the district’s finance committee and quality and professional affairs committee now CentraCare of St. Cloud has taken over management of the hospital. “You will have to make a change to your bylaws to do this,” advised Chief Compliance Officer Lynn Wieczorek. “That will take five days.” The board also voted to approve a plan for the provision of care, an agreement passed as written by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. New Board Member Doug Schneider asked about the status of the 501c3. “What happens to it now?” he said. “Is it still a legal entity?” “We will address that by the next meeting,” said CentraCare Legal Counsel Paul Harris. “But it won’t affect anything.” Their employment contracts transferable, CEO Marshall Smith and the upper echelon of the hospital district management have all now become employees of CentraCare and are currently filling the same roles. “I now report to CentraCare,” said Smith. “It is going well.” The transaction committee, which includes community members Steve Heath and Bob Esse met with CentraCare to discuss the “must haves” of their contract. “We are asking how we commit to that and what does it look like as a measurable outcome?” said Smith. “We meet again Jan. 17 for more updates. They are very well organized.” “We had a real good first meeting,” said Esse. “I see the work of the committee changing. “Now we are on to the wants on our list. They are trying to work them out for us.” Dawson asked about the role of the district board, to whom Smith still reports. “You are ultimately in charge,” said Harris. “Once the lease starts, CentraCare has management control except for the rights you retain.” The hospital district board will remain intact as it is until March 31. Options for CentraCare to purchase NRMC in 2016 are still on the table for discussion, Esse said.