Fayette County

HealthFirst, Board of Health to hold special meeting Monday on auditor's report

A building bought for HealthFirst at 496 Southland Drive.
A building bought for HealthFirst at 496 Southland Drive. Herald-Leader

HealthFirst Bluegrass and the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the findings of State Auditor Adam Edelen.

Scott White, chairman of the board of health, asked for the meeting after the auditor's report was released July 25.

Following the audit, White wrote a letter to HealthFirst board chairman T.A. Lester stating there was concern about HealthFirst's financial stability. The auditor cited HealthFirst's "significant cash flow problems."

The Board of Health allocates about $1.2 million a year in local tax dollars to HealthFirst. HealthFirst borrowed money from the health department in the spring and pays rent to the health department for office and clinic space. The two groups are also co-applicants for the $11.7 million federal grant to build a public health clinic on Southland Drive. Construction on the project has stalled and is tentatively scheduled to begin in October.

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