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Tangipahoa council wants to see hospitals' budgets

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AMITE, La. (AP) — The Tangipahoa Parish Council has voted to request budget information from North Oaks Health Systems in Hammond and Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1peQzfm ) the council also decided to establish a committee to explore the operations of the two hospitals.

The actions came after attorney Glen Galbraith told the council it has the authority to review the budgets of the hospitals and to exercise vetoes of any budgetary items with which the council did not agree. The council has not sought or obtained copies of the budgets for the two hospitals for many years.

Galbraith was retained by the council at its June 9 meeting to study what authority the council has over the two hospitals.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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