Hoover City Council made its first appointments to a newly created health authority on Monday evening.

The board selected Phillip Pope, retired president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and Alan Paquette, vice president of property management of Jim Wilson & Associates and a member of the Hoover School Board, as its two appointees.

Mayor Frank Brocato has appointed Hoover City Administrator Allan Rice as his designate.

More people may be added to the board in the future, but those three will be enough to get the board going, Rice said.

Pope retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama in 2010 after nearly four decades with the company. One of Paquette’s responsibilities is to manage the offices at 3000 Riverchase, formerly known as the Galleria Office Tower.

Rice served 15 years with the Hoover Fire Department before being appointed executive director of the Alabama Fire College and the Personnel Standards Commission. He has also served as the Program Coordinator for Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services at Jefferson State Community College, has taught numerous courses in firefighting, emergency medicine and hazardous materials, and has de experience as a trauma and flight nurse.

The city does not create authority for a specific project, but rather as a general tool to assess needs and consider possibilities to better serve the public, Rice said.

“This is an area where our city needs to continue to expand and offer new health care options,” he said.

The city’s population continues to grow dramatically, especially in the 55-and-over age group, Rice said.

“We have to be sure that we are providing people with proper health care facilities without people having to leave Hoover,” he said.

The authority will likely conduct a feasibility study to determine what might work in Hoover, then formulate a plan and submit it to the mayor and city council for consideration, he said.

Hoover already has a medical clinic board, but a health authority has much broader powers, including the ownership and operation of health facilities, Rice said. He’s not sure Hoover would go down that route, but it’s a possibility, he said. Governments statewide have health care authorities, and some of them have hospitals, he said.

“We view health care as an important strategic part of our future,” Rice said.

Brocato in 2018 tried to convince city council to consider $ 20 million incentives to get Medical West to build its new $ 300 million hospital in Hoover rather than McCalla, but a majority of city council members opposed the effort after the idea received strong opposition from some residents of Trace Crossings, which adjoins the study site.

Medical West opened its stand-alone emergency department just across Interstate 459 in the spring of 2015, and Brookwood Medical Center opened its stand-alone emergency department across town at Tattersall Park near Greystone in November. 2015.

Former Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos also launched a major effort to bring a hospital to Hoover, but former Governor Bob Riley killed the effort in 2009. Riley rejected an amendment to the health care plan. State that would have allowed a 140 bed hospital in Hoover even though Jefferson and Shelby counties have an overall surplus of hospital beds.

The Baptist Health System and Brookwood Medical Center, separate entities at the time, supported the amendment, each wanting to build a hospital in Hoover, but Riley said it was unreasonable to allow the construction to be built. ‘a new hospital when there were unused hospital beds. in Jefferson and Shelby counties.


GREEN VILLAGE AMPHITHEATER

In other matters, on Monday evening, Hoover City Council approved revised plans for the Village Green amphitheater and entertainment area in the Stadium Trace Village development, including additional parking.

A revised plan recommended for approval by the Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission in October provided for 159 new parking spaces right next to the amphitheater and a planned restaurant, as well as 105 overflow parking spaces at a 4.9-acre site just south of Stadium Trace Village.

However, there were issues regarding access to the overflow parking lot, and developer Will Kadish said he has since made an agreement to purchase a building next to Stadium Trace Village which has nearly 60 parking spaces that can accommodate be used for overflow. He also has the right to use the UAB medical office parking lot at Stadium Trace Village during off-peak hours and had not included it in his original calculations, he said.

City Councilor Mike Shaw said that while there has been a lot of talk about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of this site plan and the parking plan, he doesn’t want to lose sight of the fact that it will be a development. phenomenal. It will be great to have the amphitheater and other amenities to accompany the entertainment area, he said.

Councilor Curt Posey said the arts community is always very excited about the amphitheater. The entertainment area still includes areas where artists can display their work and goods for sale, Posey said.

The advice also Monday evening:

  • Granted permission to Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux to sell alcohol at its new restaurant in Stadium Trace Village at 5249 Peridot Place. The restaurant is scheduled to open on Monday, December 13.
  • Has given approval for the Lorna Food Mart at 3137 Lorna Road, Suite 6, to sell beer and table wine for consumption off the premises.
  • Agreed to accept $ 110,000 in federal grants to help build a new parking area, trail and viewing area near boulder fields in the 350-acre Moss Rock Preserve.
  • Authorized the mayor to enter into a “memorandum of understanding” with the schools in the city of Hoover for the school system to pay two firefighters who teach students the basics of the fire department at the Riverchase Career Connection Center.
  • Approval of a change order in the contract for a new roof at the Hoover No. 4 Fire Hall, reducing the cost of labor by $ 9,245.
  • Changed the date of the Hoover City Council meeting from January 3 to January 4 to accommodate the city’s New Years holiday schedule and the date of the January 17 to January 18 council meeting to reflect the Martin Luther King Jr.’s vacation.