SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA – Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Freddy Ard to the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC). Chairman Ard joins two Shelby County legislators who also serve on this board. State Representative Mary Sue McClurkin is the SHCC Vice Chairman, and State Representative April Weaver chairs the board’s Home Health Committee. As an appointee of then-Governor Bob Riley, Ard had previously served on the board.
Along with the Certificate of Need Board (CON), SHCC directs and advises the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA). Members of the body are appointed by the Governor and tasked with developing, maintaining, modifying and regulating the state’s health care plan. Medical facilities are constructed or expanded subject to the state health care plan and the certificate of need process. Health care providers and consumers are represented equally in the board’s membership.
“It was my pleasure to have previously served in this vital capacity, and I am likewise honored to receive this appointment from Governor Bentley, along with his trust and confidence to do so,” said Ard. “I look forward to once again be of service to the people of our state in this role and, hopefully, contribute meaningfully to its regulatory process.”
According to its website, the mission of SHPDA is “to ensure that quality health care facilities, services, and equipment are available and accessible to the citizens of Alabama in a manner which assures continuity of care at a reasonable cost.”