Garrard County hospital still collecting money

September 03, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Garrard County Memorial Hospital is not providing services, but its accounts receivable department is still in operation.

"We will be billing Medicare/Medicaid and the insurance companies," said Chief Financial Officer Loretta Rinthen.

A quotation in Sunday's Kentucky Advocate had board Chairman Leonard Smith saying, "We cannot provide services for anybody. We cannot bill anyone."

However, Smith wants to make clear that he said, "We cannot bill anybody for any services after 5 o'clock (Friday)."

Smith said bills for services performed prior to the suspension of services are being sent out.

"There's several hundred thousand dollars out there," Smith said.

"We will continue to collect over the next few months receivables that are out there," Rinthen said.

Smith said about 10 hospital employees are still working, but that some of their duties are shared with the Long Term Care Facility.


He said business office employees are working along with the director of nursing. Smith said work continued Tuesday in closing down the laboratory/radiology department.

As for the hospital board, it will continue to meet. "The corporations are still in existence," he said.

"We will meet for the purpose of the shutdown process."

Care Centers Management Group has not yet finalized and signed its agreement with the hospital and Long Term Care Facility, and Smith said he does not know when that will take place.

The company has offered to buy the Garrard facilities for $1.45 million and, according to a statement issued by the Johnson City, Tenn. based group, will rename the Long Term Care Facility "Christian Care Center of Lancaster."

Smith said there is work taking place to bring more health care options to Garrard County.

"I am talking to prospects to run the diagnostic center," he said.

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