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§ 3224. University Hospitals Trust

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 63. Public Health and SafetyEffective: November 1, 2021

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 63. Public Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 62. University Hospitals Authority Act
Effective: November 1, 2021
63 Okl.St.Ann. § 3224
§ 3224. University Hospitals Trust
A. The State of Oklahoma expressly approves the creation of a public trust to be denominated the “University Hospitals Trust”, of which the State of Oklahoma shall be the beneficiary, provided such approval shall be contingent upon the following conditions being satisfied:
1. Finalizing of the Declaration of Trust;
2. Adoption of the Declaration of Trust by an official action of the trustees of the Trust;
3. Submission of the Trust for acceptance of the beneficial interest and approval as required by Section 177 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and
4. The approved Declaration of Trust shall:
a. clearly state that the principal purpose of the University Hospitals Trust is to effectuate the purposes of the University Hospitals Authority as established in the University Hospitals Authority Act,
b. except as otherwise provided by law, provide that the fee simple title to real property held by the University Hospitals Authority shall not be transferred, conveyed, or assigned to the University Hospitals Trust without the express consent of the Legislature as the governing entity of the beneficiary pursuant to Section 176 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes,
c. provide that any indebtedness incurred by the University Hospitals Trust or the trustees of the Trust shall not be secured with or create a lien upon real property to which title is held by the University Hospitals Authority and shall not involve the bonding capacity of the University Hospitals Authority,
d. provide that the trust estate of the University Hospitals Trust shall not include fee simple title to real property owned by the University Hospitals Authority,
e. clearly state that the creation of the University Hospitals Trust shall not in any way reduce, limit or interfere with the power granted to the University Hospitals Authority in the University Hospitals Authority Act,
f. provide that any lease or contractual agreement involving use of the real property to which title is held by the University Hospitals Authority and any improvements thereto shall contain a provision and covenants requiring the proper maintenance and upkeep of the real property and improvements,
g. provide that the trustees of the University Hospitals Trust shall be the acting members of the University Hospitals Authority as provided in the University Hospitals Authority Act, and
h. provide that the trustees of the University Hospitals Trust shall have the duty to submit an annual report to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report shall be submitted by January 1 of each year and shall include an account of all operations, actions of the Trust, account of all revenue received and disbursed by the Trust for the previous fiscal year. The report shall also provide a complete accounting of how the Trust meets its primary function of effectuating the purposes of the University Hospitals Authority, as established in the University Hospitals Authority Act.
B. The University Hospitals Trust shall require any agreements which it enters into with any entity pursuant to Section 3226 of this title for the operations of facilities leased by the University Hospitals Authority to the Trust to include, but not be limited to:
1. The inclusion of four of the five members of the Trust as four of the five members representing the State of Oklahoma as state appointees to the governing committee created pursuant to a proposed agreement;
2. Binding arbitration shall not be involved in such agreements for resolving issues under consideration by the governing committee; and
3. Major decisions shall be resolved by the governing committee, and approval of any major decision by the governing committee must include the approval of a majority of the state appointees and the approval of a majority of the members of the private entity appointees to the governing committee. Major decisions shall include:
a. approval of the annual operating and capital budgets,
b. sale or disposition of assets that individually have a fair market value over Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00),
c. the termination or transfer or material addition or material diminution of medical services at the Oklahoma Medical Center related to and part of a teaching program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and
d. other major decisions as may be agreed upon by the Trust and the private entity.
C. To the extent it is determined by legislative enactment that the Trust has expended funds in contravention of its mission as set forth in this section, the Trust shall remit, upon thirty (30) days' written notice from the University Hospitals Authority, such sum or sums to the University Hospitals Authority.
D. In the event the Trust enters into a joint venture or acquires an interest in a not-for-profit entity to effectuate the administration of the mission of the Trust, that entity shall not be subject to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act1 and the Oklahoma Open Records Act.2 Any information submitted to or compiled by the Trust with respect to marketing plans, financial statements, trade secrets, research concepts, methods or products or any other proprietary information submitted to or compiled by the Trust, persons, firms, associations, partnerships, agencies, corporations, institutions of higher education, nonprofit research institutions or other entities shall be confidential, except to the extent that the person or entity which provided such information or which is the subject of such information consents to disclosure. Executive sessions may be held to discuss such materials if deemed necessary by the Trust. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to budgetary information related to appropriations or the appropriations process.
E. In addition to the powers and exemptions granted to state beneficiary public trusts organized under Section 176 et seq. of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Trust shall possess all the statutory powers and exemptions provided to the University Hospitals Authority.
F. The Trust shall have the authority or may contract with a joint operator or with a foundation supporting the programs of Oklahoma Children's Hospital to sell naming rights to property owned or leased by the Trust, provided proceeds from the sale of naming rights are used to effectuate the purposes of the University Hospitals Authority as established in the University Hospitals Authority Act and are specifically approved by the Trust, which shall have absolute discretion in granting or denying naming rights. Naming rights shall not include any interest in the property by the purchaser other than the naming rights.

Credits

Laws 1995, c. 263, § 3; Laws 1996, c. 326, § 6, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 2, § 15, emerg. eff. Feb. 26, 1997; Laws 1997, c. 174, § 4, emerg. eff. May 8, 1997; Laws 2007, c. 93, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2016, c. 387, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 2016; Laws 2019, c. 495, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2019; Laws 2021, c. 285, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2021.

Footnotes

Title 25, § 301 et seq.
Title 51, § 24A.1 et seq.
63 Okl. St. Ann. § 3224, OK ST T. 63 § 3224
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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