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BAY MEDICAL CENTER PENSION PLAN


The Board of Trustees of the Bay Medical Center Special District (d/b/a Bay Health Foundation) manages the Bay Medical Center Pension Plan established for its employees January 1, 1996. One of the Board’s most important responsibilities is to ensure the security of the Bay Medical Pension Plan through prudent investments and conservative actuarial assumptions. Over the last several years, the Board strengthened the financial security of the Pension Plan by adopting more conservative actuarial assumptions that are reflective of managing the liabilities of a closed pension plan - all new participation in the Plan ceased on March 31, 2012 due to the long-term lease of Bay Medical to Sacred Heart Health System, Inc. and LHP Hospital Group, Inc.

As of the January 1, 2018 Actuarial Valuation, the Pension had 1,594 participants and an actuarial market value of assets of $103.1 million resulting in a Plan funding level of 86.8% compared to 80.8% the previous year. For calendar year 2017, the actuarial market value investment return of 15.7% was more than the investment return assumption of 7.25%. Three and five-year investment has been 7.4% and 9.0% respectively and on a market value basis. Investment returns are a significant source of actuarial gain for the Plan.  Another material source of funding for the Pension comes from the Board in the form of annual required contributions.  For fiscal year 2018, those contributions totaled $6.9 million - significantly more than the $2.9 million required contribution for that time period.

Please visit the links below for more detailed information regarding the Plan.

Pension Committee
The Pension Committee is appointed by the Bay Health Foundation Board of Trustees and is responsible for the operation and administration of the Pension Plan.

    • Jerry F. Sowell, Jr.—Pension Committee Chairman, BHF Board Vice Chairman
    • Jimmy Barr—BHF Board Chairman
    • Scott Barloga—BHF Board Secretary/Treasurer
    • Shelyene Kiefer Hallford—former BMC Human Resource employee
    • Fran Schofield—former BMC Human Resource employee
    • Andrew W. Stein—former BHF Board Member

Main Contact for Administration of the Bay Medical Pension Plan:
Karen Thomason
Executive Director, Bay Health Foundation
11 Harrison Ave., Unit E
P. O. Box 789
Panama City, FL 32402
Phone: 850-818-0565 / Fax: 850-818-0567
kthomason@bayhealthfoundation.com

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