Skip to comments.Westside Hospital Expected to Seek Bankruptcy Protection(70 CA hospitals have closed in 11 yrs.)
Posted on 10/20/2007 5:27:29 AM PDT by kellynla
Brotman Medical Center, a key healthcare provider serving Los Angeles' Westside, is expected to seek protection from creditors in Bankruptcy Court as early as next week, according to three executives familiar with the matter.
Administrators at the 420-bed hospital in Culver City have tried for months to avoid filing a bankruptcy petition but have continued struggling to pay its growing debt.
Brotman became the center of a firestorm last month when state health inspectors released a report finding that doctors and nurses failed to provide proper care to a mentally disabled woman, who died after a series of medical mistakes.
The medical center is expected to file under bankruptcy provisions that will give management more time to fix its financial problems.
Since 1996, more than 70 community hospitals have closed across the state, with a disproportionate share -- more than 50 -- in Southern California. Regionally, 14 emergency rooms have closed in the last five years, including 10 in Los Angeles County.
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And does anyone know why? Anyone...Ferris? That's right! Because illegals continue to receive medical care and do not pay for it! And we can all thank GWB for refusing to enforce the immigration laws, refusing to fine employers who hire illegals and refusing to secure BOTH borders. We can only hope & pray that the Gelding Old Party gets a testicle & spine implant before next year and nominates a true blue conservative next time for POTUS.
"America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war; America is at the mall."
Gee. What could have happened just after 2001 to make losses go up, what, 6,000 per cent?
The TIMES would rather have a right hand chopped off than write the phrase “Illegal Immigrant” and they would rather go into convulsions on broken glass that write “Illegal Alien”.
That is your true door-closer on these hospitals.
Too many illegals and not enough doctors.
While Senior Buuuuuush fiddles... Rome burns.
I’ve decided to recognize Mexico City as our new seat of government. Lord knows this President and Congress don’t represent us any longer, and Mexico is directing U.S. policy now, so why shouldn’t I?
Westside Hospital Expected to Seek Bankruptcy Protection(70 CA hospitals have closed in 11 yrs.)....
muchas gracias....el presidente jorge boosh!!!!
How about our government using illegals to bankrupt our hospitals so they can take total control? Nothing happens in this once free nation without a reason.
SoCA ping. (south of California)50 of 70 hospitals closing in SoCA. por que?
Nonsense. California needs to do a better job in managing its own affairs.
“Nonsense. California needs to do a better job in managing its own affairs.”
I submit this for Stupidest Quote Of The Week.
New law to reduce CO2 by 25% means no new concrete construction.
No power from coal plants means double power power prices.
Bigger deficit means more taxes.
More taxes drive away business and people.
California will soon be a turd world country populated only by (PC ON) unemployed undocumented welfare recipients.(PC OFF)
I second the motion.
Well, there's a sophisticated, well-thought-out argument. With your brilliant one-word refutation of the facts and arguments we present, the forum sees clearly that you are capable of an elegant and closely-reasoned defense of your position. Thank you for enlightening us all.< /sarcasm>
Go read some of his other comments. He likes to call people names and tell them how uninformed they are. He's one of those people that believes he's the smartest guy in the room and only tolerates us little people. LOL
And the problem is: all the loony liberals who made CA a “turd world country” will move and implement the same stupid ideas some place else. Liberals never figure out what they are doing is stupid they just think they need to do more of it.
State law or Federal law?
From your ignorance of the laws, you must be looking in the mirror. LMAO
Well, I do tolerate you. :-)
“Nonsense. California needs to do a better job in managing its own affairs.
I submit this for Stupidest Quote Of The Week.
You might appreciate my tagline. LOL
“California will soon be a turd world country populated only by (PC ON) unemployed undocumented welfare recipients.(PC OFF)”
If we received some border security and deportation of illegal aliens from the Feds,
we wouldn’t have to treat all these illegals who show up at our emergency rooms...and BTW, if you don’t think the same is happening everywhere else in America including AZ, think again!
Federal law. They cannot turn anyone away.
And remember, it's not just the emergency care but the rest of it that's really expensive to the hospital. If Rogelio shows up at the ER with a heart attack they can't just kick him out a few hours later. He may need a cardiac catheterization and/or allied procedures, and if the hospital administrators can't find another hospital silly enough to accept the transfer of his case, they're stuck with him and $75K in costs (not including the salaries of all the house staff who had to take care of him).
“And remember, it’s not just the emergency care but the rest of it that’s really expensive to the hospital. If Rogelio shows up at the ER with a heart attack they can’t just kick him out a few hours later. He may need a cardiac catheterization and/or allied procedures, and if the hospital administrators can’t find another hospital silly enough to accept the transfer of his case, they’re stuck with him and $75K in costs (not including the salaries of all the house staff who had to take care of him).”
They already did it to WA, OR, CO. I live in AZ and thankfully there aren't too many here. Yet. Maybe it's too hot and dry and lacks a lot of skiing areas.
Man, oh man, that's a lot of "emergencies", especially if most of them are treated "free".
and of course, we all know that there weren’t 25K “emergency room patients”...not even in South Central L.A. are there that many “emergencies” in a year.
The illegals are milking the system for every dime they can.
And America & Americans are the worse for it!
The problem has existed for a long time and will never be resolved. The "illegals" are merely part of the problem. To Blame Bush is akin to blaming God for creating such a medically vulnerable species.
Moreover, what has California done right lately?
It is happening everywhere. I owned shares in Health Management Associates(HMA), a southeast hospital chain. Reading the quarterly reports for a couple of years before taking my loss, the bad debt expense kept rising and rising. This is illegal immigrants. Check out the stock price to see the effect they have.
They simply ignored the entire reason...Somebody needs to write this sad newspaper a letter...
What you are missing is that many of the patients who come to these hospitals are not even Medicaid or Medicare recipients. There is no contract at all; they are simply treated for free. And they arrive carrying diseases not present in our native population, or with conditions that would have been minimized with American-style medical care but are now catastrophic.
It's certainly true that illegal aliens are only part of the problem. We have our own home-grown problem patients here. But at least the home-grown patients have Medicaid and sometimes Medicare coverage that helps compensate the hospital to some small degree; the foreigners do not.
of course they did...but they did at least mention “uninsured” which everyone who lives in L.A. knows the vast majority are illegals...
“Somebody needs to write this sad newspaper a letter”
Believe me I have for decades, but do you think they are paying attention? Obviously not, which is the reason their circulation has dropped like a rock and they can’t give away newspapers! The LAT has its own liberal agenda and those of us who pay taxes and love our country aren't buying it...in more ways than one!
"Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P.J.O'Rourke
“It is happening everywhere. I owned shares in Health Management Associates(HMA), a southeast hospital chain. Reading the quarterly reports for a couple of years before taking my loss, the bad debt expense kept rising and rising. This is illegal immigrants.”
And nothing will change ‘til we get rid of the RINO’s & ‘Rats in Congress & the WH!!!
Build TWO walls, secure BOTH borders, fine employers who hire illegals and deport ALL illegals...including the incarcerated...why should American taxpayers pay to incarcerate 100K of other countires’ criminals in state & federal prisons nationwide ...it’s not like we’re long on space and funding & short on American criminals! At a minimum cost of $25K a head, that amounts to 2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!
This is what happens when we allow $84 Billion to support illegal aliens per year, especially in CA.
I understand. However, can you cite a law - either State or Federal - that requires this?
Do a search on “Hill Burton Act”...
Will do. Thanks.
What the law does not require, surprisingly enough, is that a hospital actually have an emergency room. I have often wondered why hospitals don't close their emergency departments.
Maybe that is where the 9 truck drivers from the Newhall tunnel crash went to.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) mandates free ER treatment and free obstetric care, and the Center for Medicare Services (CMS, formerly HCFA) forbids charging others to make up for the free care.
Now, the government is stupid, and easily fooled, so overbilling to make up for the legally-required free ER and obstetric care is prevalent - but the Feds are getting better at detecting it, as you can see from all their claims of "fraud".
So, hospitals are on a glide path to extinction, at least if they a) have an ER, b) deliver babies, and c) don't cheat.
The illegals are hastening the process where there are a lot of them, but the hospitals would eventually fail anywhere, even if all the illegals went home tomorrow.
“I submit this for Stupidest Quote Of The Week.”
I’ll second that!