HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., said it added two new board members, effective immediately, nearly completing the overhaul of its board that began last year after allegations surfaced of multibillion-dollar accounting fraud at the company. John Chamberlin, the last of five longstanding HealthSouth directors who agreed to resign as part of the overhaul, is scheduled to step down by Aug. 31. Meanwhile, U.S. District Court in Birmingham updated information on the trial of former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy, who is charged with 85 criminal counts in connection with the alleged fraud. The court said final jury selection will begin Jan. 18. The jury-selection process will begin Jan. 5, when potential jurors will fill out questionnaires.
The new board members are Lee Higdon, 58, president of the College of Charleston (S.C.), and John Maupin, 57, president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College, Nashville, and a board member at LifePoint Hospitals. Previously HealthSouth said Charles Elson, 44, director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, will join the board Sept. 1. HealthSouth's 11-member board still includes Scrushy, who has not complied with the company's request that he resign. -- by Joseph Mantone