At such time as the governing body of a county shall declare the need for a public
health trust to function in such county, appoint a board of trustees, and designate
health care facilities pursuant to the provisions of this part, said governing body
shall be authorized to transfer to the public health trust any or all of the ownership,
operation, governance, or maintenance of such designated facilities. The county governing body shall, by ordinance, by contract or lease with the public
health trust, or by a combination of the foregoing, provide for each of the following:
(1) A method whereby the public health trust shall account to the county governing
body for all receipts and expenditures of money.
(2) A method whereby the public health trust shall request, and the county governing
body may approve, the appropriation and payment of county funds to support the lawful
purposes of the trust.
(3) A method whereby the public health trust shall request, and said county governing
body may effectuate, the issuance of bonds or the borrowing of money, pursuant to
authority vested in said governing body of the county.
(4) Compliance by the public health trust with policies for countywide health care
delivery as established by the county governing body.
(5) The preservation and continuation of the benefits of county employees who became
employees of the public health trust, including, but not limited to, participation
by such employees in the State and County Officers and Employees' Retirement System
and the Florida Retirement System. The trust may provide social security for its employees pursuant to the provisions
of chapter 650 and may bring its employees under the provisions of the Florida Retirement
System as authorized by chapter 121.
(6) An appellate process to be available to employees against whom disciplinary or
other official action has been taken.
(7) A procedure whereby the county governing body may approve or disapprove of contracts
between the board of trustees and labor unions.
(8) A method whereby the county governing body may declassify facilities as “designated
facilities” and provide for the county to assume the ownership, operation, governance,
or maintenance of such facilities.
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