North Resigns; New HealthFirst Interim Executive Director Announced
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Following weeks of icy relations between the board of HealthFirst and the Fayette County Board of Health, HealthFirst Executive Director William North officially resigned Thursday, along with four more board members.
The resignation of North and a total of nine board members comes close to meeting the requests made by the Board of Health in the wake of a damaging audit of HealthFirst. The full board had been asked to resign, but three members – Elena Castro, Bill Rasinen, and James Sleet – have yet to step down.
North’s interim replacement was announced by Health Commissioner Rice Leach shortly after. Dr. Steve Davis, who served as acting commissioner of the state Department of Health from 2010 to 2012, will step into the post.
HealthFirst has been working to build a new $11.7M dollar health clinic on Southland Drive. It currently serves about 17,000 patients a year at a clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. While HealthFirst and the Board of Health are separate entities, the two boards share some functions. HealthFirst receives $1.2 million from Fayette County in health tax revenues annually