Monday, June 10, 2013
Recently, a suit was filed in court by Huguette Clark's relatives alleging that the hospital that treated Clark was scheming to take money from Clark's $300 million dollar estate. Clark was admitted to Beth Israel Medical Center in 1991 when she was found in her apartment very ill. She was treated for skin cancer and subsequently stayed at the hospital despite not having a medical basis to do so.
Huguette Clark died at age 104 after living in Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan for twenty years. During the twenty-year stay, Clark was approached for donations to the hospital. In fact, she gave over four million dollars in cash donations, a painting worth six million dollars, and left another million to the hospital after death. Moreover, the nurses tending to Clark received roughly twenty eight million dollars in gifts, and the doctor’s families were given an additional three million dollars. If that wasn’t enough, Clark was also charged $800 a day to stay at the hospital. The hospital spokesperson released a statement claiming that the individuals bringing the lawsuit are distant relatives with whom Clark did not associate. Further, the press that this suit is receiving is concerning because Clark chose to live a very private life. The hospital administration values private philanthropy and is grateful for Clark’s contributions.
See Ryan Grenoble, Were Huguette Clark's Donation to Beth Israel Part of a Hospital Plot to Game the Elderly Heiress, Huffington Post, May 30, 2013.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this article to my attention.