Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nonprofit Hospital Threatens to Stop Admitting Patients Until State Pays Up

Roseland Community Hospital, a 162-bed hospital serving a largely poor population from the South Side and south suburbs of Chicago, is threatening to take no more patients unless the State of Illinois pays the hospital what it claims is due from the government, reports the Chicago Tribune.  Hospital administrators reportedly assert that the state government owes $6 million for the hospital's adolescent behavioral health unit.  Roseland CEO and President Dian Powell is reported to have insisted that the hospital’s struggles are not explained by financial mismanagement.  She points to a reduction in the hospital's deficit from $9 million to $5 million during her 18-month tenure.  According to the story, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office maintains that the state has advanced all of the current year's payments due Roseland and has attempted to collaborate with Roseland “to create a plan to make better use of any future state funding.”  A spokesperson for the governor is further on the record stating that the government “is trying to explore ways to use available financial resources within the law to aid the hospital, but Roseland has not provided any information on how it would use potential money.”

 

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