§16-5G-1. Declaration of legislative policy.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that hospitals
owned or operated by nonprofit corporations, nonprofit
associations or local governmental units are relied on by the
citizens of this state for services essential to their health and
well-being. The Legislature further finds and declares that
public funds from various sources and by various means contribute
significantly to the revenues and operations of such
institutions. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the
people of this state for all proceedings of the boards of
directors or other governing bodies of such hospitals to be
conducted in an open and public manner so that the people can
remain informed of the decisions and decision making processes
affecting the health services on which they so vitally depend and
which they help support through tax exemptions, public funding
and other means.