Elected Board Member Banned From Official Meetings

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    A judge has issued a restraining order for a Tri-City Healthcare district director saying she may only attend board meetings by phone.

    Judge Martin Shawn issued the order against hospital director Kathleen Sterling on March 4, according to the North County Times.

    The hospital also filed a lawsuit against Sterling for $100,000 on March 3, saying she assaulted several security guards on Feb. 24, the NCT reports.

    The order requires Sterling to stay at least 100 yards away from all hospital personnel and that she must attend all director meetings by phone. The paper says Sterling is only allowed to come to the hospital for emergency medical care.

    Sterling was elected to a third four-year term on the Tri-City board on 2008. Over the past few months, Sterling has had several run-ins with other directors and hospital staff, the NCT said.

    Before the restraining order was issued, Sterling was already banned from attending meetings and had to listen in on the discussions from another conference room, the paper said.