Board Calls For Action From HealthFirst

Aug 13, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - HealthFirst Bluegrass should produce an action plan by Friday to deal with issues raised in a recent report by state auditors – that was the unanimous decision reached by the Fayette County Board of Health Monday.

The review by State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office found that HealthFirst, which is in the process of trying to construct an $11.7M clinic with federal grant money, pre-selected a project manager with a conflict of interest. The report also showed serious cash-flow problems in the organization.

HealthFirst officials have contested parts of the report and suggested in a Herald-Leader editorial that the review found “no wrong-doing,” a conclusion Fayette County Board of Health chair Scott White called “completely delusional.”

White conceded, however, that the board cannot force HealthFirst to act, but he said he hopes the nonprofit will work with the board to alleviate the problems uncovered in the report.