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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 28

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68 THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 New stadium -m -m -at -m Health care district planning hospital takeover District officials will ask the state's permission to take over Everglades Regional Medical Center. gives disabled short shrift, lawsuit says People in wheelchairs can't see the games or get to concession stands easily, it claims. By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer JUPITER Palm Beach County's new $28 million spring-training stadium doesn't meet federal standards for wheelchair access or parking for people with disabilities, claims a lawsuit filed for Health Care Administration. The agency pays hospitals according to their reported costs in previous years, later auditing those reports and changing the rates retroactively. Owens said decreases are common, generally because of technical errors. The health district is concerned because anyone who takes over a hospital must also assume its Medicaid debts, said Peter Sachs, a district lawyer. District officials said they'd take over only if they can bargain the state down. The district and hospital board have fought over control of Everglades since 1991. In December, facing financial problems, the hospital board said it was ready to surrender. Then the two sides started fighting over the terms of the turnover and whether the hospital had fully disclosed its finances. The tax-financed health district wanted a guarantee it wouldn't have to pay any of Everglades' debts. But the Everglades board contends some of those debts arose because the health district stopped supporting the hospital in 1995. The Everglades lawyer couldn't be reached. Administrator Donald Anderson would only say, "It kind of takes us back to where we were." state will protect county taxpayers against at least some of Everglades' mounting debts. Two more hospital creditors sued last week. And in a letter Tuesday, state officials announced they expect the hospital to refund nearly $1.7 million worth of Medicaid payments made between 1992 and 1996. The state doesn't suspect the hospital of abusing Medicaid, which pays for medical treatment for the poor, said John Owens, supervisor with the Agency By Jennifer Peltz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County officials are preparing to take over a Pahokee hospital if they have to, but they haven't abandoned hope for a peaceful transition. County Health Care District officials on Wednesday didn't soften their stance toward the private board of Everglades Regional Medical Center. They also agreed to seek state permission to take over if they can't reach a deal and if the Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The suit seeks modifications to" Roger Dean Stadium and names as defendants the county, the Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter, the minor-league Jupiter Hammerheads and architects HOK Inc. ow there's no excuse N rredenck Arthur bhotz, a Broward County disabilities consultant who uses a wheelchair, is seeking class-action status for the suit, which he filed after attending a March 15 game. His complaint says parking spaces don't meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, concession stands are inaccessible and most of the viewing areas to cut your conversation short. Introducing AT&T Digital PCS for as low as 9(Z a minute and $40 off digital phones. for people m wheelchairs have obstructed views. Shotz said he measured the slope of wheelchair ramps and determined they are slightly more steep than the ADA allows. Shotz met Tuesday with representatives of the county, HOK and Jupiter Stadium Ltd., the joint Expos-Cardinals entity that han dled design and construction and now manages the stadium. ; While the county owns the stadium, Assistant County Administrator Bill Wilkins said ADA compliance is the responsibility of Jupiter Stadium Ltd. : "We're addressing (Shotz's) concerns," said Jupiter Stadium General Manager Rob Rabe-necker. HOK general counsel Paul Watson said he hadn't seen the 'awsuit. But he said the firm, one A the nation's leading stadium designers, "is very sensitive to the requirements of the ADA . . . We haven't had any problems with that." Lake Worth picks up tab in reprimand The mayor thinks the city attorney should pay for her ethics refresher. There couldn't be a better time to sign up for AT&T Digital PCS. Besides low home airtime rates and a great deal on digital phones, there's automatic credit programs available and no activation fee. All that on the largest digital wireless network in North America. AT&T Wireless Services The following rates apply for the first three months: Customer 200 500 1200 2000 Satisfaction minutes for minutes for minutes for minutes for Guarantee $29.''" $4?L, $99'"" $149 By Scott McCabe Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE WORTH Mayor Tom Ramiccio said Wednesday that he'll ask City Attorney Betty Resch to reimburse the city for an ethics class she took on orders of the Florida Bar after she violated legal rules. The Bar directed Resch to take the course last summer because she had contacted an opposing lawyer's client without the lawyer's permission. - The class, held in Miami, cost $750. With mileage and hotel, the total bill came to $1,030. The city picked up the tab. Ramiccio said he knew Resch had to take the class but hadn't realized the city paid for it. "If it was for continuing education to further her in her job for the city, I'm all for it," said Ramiccio. "But if it was mandated by the state Bar over a mistake she made, I have a problem with that" ; Although travel expenses are included in the legal department's budget, the mayor said Resch, who reports to the commission, should have informed the commission that the city would pay for the class. AT&T It's all within your reach. I 800-IMAGINE www.att.comwireless She did it on her own. It s in her discretion," Ramiccio said, "but we should have been more informed." ; The reprimand from the Bar came after Resch called Atlantic Auto Discount the day before a hearing to determine the ownership of a 1977 truck held by the police department. Resch said she learned that the dealership still owned the pickup and faxed the owner an affidavit to settle the matter before going to court. After Atlantic Auto's lawyer complained and Resch responded, a Bar committee concluded that Resch "did not appreciate the gravity of the viola! ion of the liar's ru'es of professional conduct." 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