YRMC and District Council trial nears trial

District Council attorney says meeting to set trial date scheduled for next month

YUMA, Ariz. — The lawsuit between the Board of Hospital District One and Yuma Regional Medical Center could be one step closer to a trial.

A legal representative for the district council confirmed to News 11 that a court meeting to set a trial date will take place in April.

The lawsuit stems from disagreements in the councils’ policies and procedures agreement, which states that YRMC should provide monthly updates to the district council on the hospital.

YRMC says it follows all the rules, but the hospital district board disagrees.

All the while, the district council is charging residents a tax to help with legal costs.

YRMC says it would not cover these costs until they were able to see every charge line for the line. The district council says it cannot provide this information because it is confidential.

Board member Dr Jeremy Curry expressed his frustration saying that no member of the YRMC management or board was present for tonight’s meeting.

“It’s disappointing to me that no member of the YRMC administration is coming to these meetings,” Curry said. “I just want you to know that we are working for you and representing you in all of these negotiations.”

The district council attorney says he expects the formal trial to take place in 2023 due to legal safeguards due to the pandemic.

The board also confirmed it met with hospital management late last month, but no details were provided on what happened during that executive session.

District Council Chairman Jeffrey Polston said ratepayers would be reimbursed for legal costs if the district council wins the lawsuit.

Elna M. Lemons