Investigation - Charities Profiting M...

Investigation - Charities Profiting Millions

There are 135 comments on the WTKR story from May 6, 2010, titled Investigation - Charities Profiting Millions. In it, WTKR reports that:

In 2006 Alicia Epps was earning just $7 per hour. She got so sick she went to the emergency room.

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Charity Disparity Ethics

Portsmouth, VA

#121 Jan 4, 2013
Who knows how fairly to compare Bon Secours with Chesapeake with Riverside with Sentara, with regard to Charity-Disparity? is the article in the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps its editors can help compare these hospitals as a model for the rest of the nation to follow. No one size fits all. Americans like choice, not monopoly, right? Perhaps other cities have similar problems. We could ask Richmond or Raleigh how they use their medical money in this time of national shortage.

How do we get a copy of each year's IRS Form 990? Will WTKR publish these tax-forms each year for us to follow? Every penny counts,$6,900,000 are a lot of pennies, and the Republic is out of money such that the Federal Reserve is priting it each month by purchasing bonds. How can we abide paying even Mr. Bernd so much of our tax-money (via Medicare, etc.) when unemployed people need care, particularly preventive care?


#122 Jan 9, 2013
I went to Sentara and they were very nice and helpful to me, it was a simple problem but the doctor did a scan that was not needed and I am charged over five hundred dollars, at first I thought he did this for extra income for his office in another area and not exactly understandable about why he did it but I did not need it unfortunately I did not ask questions and which I thought will be included in my bill and I was not even put in a room but on a stretcher next to the nurses station looking at everyone passing by but yet I have to pay that bill


#123 Jan 9, 2013
I went to depaul and was diagnosed wrong with all the wrong medcines and now I am stuck with a large bill, they did not listen to one word of what I told them about my pain I have repeated myself over and over but they dont care to listen but just write you wrong medcine and get rid of you


#124 Jan 9, 2013
How many people have or has had SCIATICA or pinch nerve and what did you do to help yourself and medcine you took and how long did it take for you to go back to work, was your leg wabbly and did you need help with a walker and so on until you can walk


#125 Jan 9, 2013
Pinch Nerve is what I had I can only lift five pounds, I discuss rather than working my full eight and half hours I took a long cut to four and half hours, my left leg was still week at that time but nor I am a lot better but from what I heard it takes about one year to be 100% healthy I dont have any type of insurance because my employer does not permit it unless I am slaried, for heaven sake it is comming out of my paycheck.
I was also stuck with a lowered paycheck it was lowered from one amount to another I cannot keep up with some of my bills so I have asked for an increased in my hours to two and half hours more but I am refused just trying so hard to get back to my routine hours of eight and half


#126 Jan 9, 2013
Now I cannot afford food because my bills comes first wow
Why should I go to the food bank when I am lied upon about giving me my hours back
Charity Disparity

Portsmouth, VA

#127 Jan 23, 2013
By comparison, the highest paid employees at these non-profit organizations in 2008 (may include base salary, bonus, other incentive pay. Source: Del Jones, USA TODAY):

Yale University David Swensen, chief investment officer $4,389,727

University of Southern Calif. Pete Carroll, head coach, football $4,386,652

Columbia University David Silvers, clinical professor of dermatology $3,738,419

Duke University Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, men's basketball $3,705,909

Cornell University Zev Rosenwaks, professor obstetrics and gynecology $3,392,417

University of Chicago James Madara, vice president medical affairs $2,870,997

New York University James Grifo, professor obstetrics and gynecology $2,867,596

University of Pennsylvania Ralph Muller, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System $2,518,232

Stanford University John Powers, president Stanford Management Co.$2,429,757

Princeton University Andrew Golden, president, Princeton University Investment $2,091,425
Meicare hospitals are supposed to be tax-exempt for a reason: What is that reason if not to treat everyone? Why spend more than $400,000 to the chief administrator when we can spend the rest of his $6,900,000 salary treating patients? The same logic holds for the other institutions cited.

Google Senator Grassley and charity hospitals.
Charity Disparity

Portsmouth, VA

#128 Jan 24, 2013

What are the administrators at Riverside, Bon Secours, Riverside, the Navy hospital, and Chesapeake paid, compared to ...

the tax-exemption each not-for-profit hospital gets to treat people with little money?

For example, is it true that David Bernd was paid $3,500,000 in 2008 and $6,900,000 in 2011? If so, how much more medical care could those extra tax dollars have bought?

Should a tax-exempt organization spend money on advertising? On public relations? If you have a choice of which hospital to use, how will you decide?
Charity Disparity

Portsmouth, VA

#129 Mar 31, 2013
Was Mr. Bernd paid $6,900,000 in 2011 to run a non-profit chain of Medicare hospitals? How much care could that little sum have bought for some poor black patients here in Virginia's Hampton Roads? The word is disparity. Isn't this exactly what Medicare and President Obama do not have in mind?

Portsmouth, VA

#130 Apr 25, 2014
Has the video of Alicia Epps vanished?

Hood River, OR

#131 Aug 30, 2014
Mike Mather WTKR wrote:
<quoted text>
The 2008 tax documents (Form 990) are the most recent available for all local charities and hospitals. Sentara's 2009 documents have not yet been published.
Will you write follow-up on hospitals in this area? Other areas?

Virginia Beach, VA

#132 Jan 12, 2016
<quoted text> Which facility you choose to seek medical attention is your choice...always has been and always will be...300.00????? really????? medical treatment for some patients without insurance is in the thousands. If 300.00 is worth dying for then what else is there to say...Im sure you recieved wonderful service and time you complain..please have a legit reason or concern...
What happened to Alicia Epps? Did the publicity on Topix help her?
Google Senator Grassley

Portsmouth, VA

#133 Feb 20, 2016
Dear Topix,

Will you write a follow-up on hospitals in this city? Other cities?

How much salary is ethical for nonprofit Medicare-supported hospital-administrators to spend on advertising? On his administrative salary?

Are woman administrators more ethical: ?

Portsmouth, VA

#134 Apr 25, 2016
Mike Mather WTKR wrote:
<quoted text>

The 2008 tax documents (Form 990) are the most recent available for all local charities and hospitals. Sentara's 2009 documents have not yet been published.
Who continues your fine work here since you moved upstate? Have officials in other states followed your lead? What happened to Alicia Epps after your article was published in 2010? Has this hospital changed? If not, why not?

Have you informed Senator Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) of this
case? He is concerned about "nonprofit-hospital" profit in all states, as reported on NPR.

H. E. Butler III M.D., FACS
25 April 2016

Twitter ID: Ramius 10

Portsmouth, VA

#139 Jul 23, 2017
Fred Green wrote:
You have the right to choose!
You can choose to have insurance with a high co-pay
You can choose to have 3 kids and make $7.00 a hour
You can choose to go to a Sentara facility or not
My choice is Sentara! For the past 15 years they have never treated me or my family wrong!
Mr. Mather published his article because he agrees with Senator Grassley (R., Iowa) that nonprofit hospitals have an ethical obligation to match their indigent care with their tax-exemption: Why should we taxpayers support (Medicare?) hospital-administrators who fail to meet this ethical standard while we allow them to pay themselves more than we pay POTUS?

Sentara's conduct under Mr. Berndt places an ethical burden on everyone associated with what is otherwise a fine institution, starting with medical students, interns, residents, fellows and attendings all of whom have choices as to where they live, study, and treat patients, namely at this hospital or elsewhere:

1. If you believe it is ethical to pay Mr. Berndt more than POTUS, do nothing;

2. If you agree with the Senator from Iowa, write to him, and be thankful that we defend and
live in a country, our "Land of The Free", with ethical choices.

As to the specifics of Mr. Green's letter, I'm not sure the patient in question chooses to earn $7/hour. It may be simplistic to think this way, but our Virginia was at one time the capital of the Confederacy. I applaud Mr. Mather for bringing this ethical choice forward for public scrutiny.

H E Butler III M.D., F.A.C.S.
Commander, Fleet Reserve, U.S.N.R.

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