The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 24
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 24

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 3B THE PALM BEACH POST Everglades Regional lays off 225 employees, outs patients BASSO AM CONDSTBQNSNQ'S SEQONB ANNUAL CLEAD3ANCEu. i : SALE ffe, ON SCRATCH & DENT UNITS: 1 Save up to $1,000 on some models Here's a great one day opportunity to save big money on top-rated, high-efficiency central air conditioning units. Look over a tremendous selection of some of the top names in air conditioning.Names like Trane, Carrier and other major brands. Remember, these are brand new, fully warranted units with minor scratches and blemishes and will be installed by Sasso's factory-trained technicians. eESD (llf MB board blame each other for the closing, which neither say they wanted. The two groups have wrestled for control of Everglades since 1991. The struggle has cost county residents more than $1.8 million in legal fees and cost Everglades a $3.5-million-a-year county subsidy. In December, short of money to make payroll, the hospital board said it could no longer afford to fight. But the two sides reached a stalemate over terms of the surrender. Health district officials said they didn't want to pay the hospital's debts. The hospital board said the health district was re sponsible for some of them. The health district became all the more adamant in recent weeks, as creditors filed two more lawsuits and state regulators demanded a refund of $1.7 million in Medicaid payments. The regulators say they set payment rates too high between 1992 and 1996.District lawyers asked a judge Friday to establish a date and an "orderly" process for the district to take control, to order a thorough accounting of Everglades' finances, and to appoint a third party to evaluate and settle the debts. Everglades lawyer Terry Watterson said the hospital board has already agreed to do all that. A hearing is set for Tuesday morning. ambulances, said hospital administrator Don Anderson. But the situation seemed clear to Teresa Brancati. As a nursing supervisor in the emergency room, expected to remain open for up to two months, she is one of the few employees who still have jobs. But she cried when Tamika Holmes dashed in to ask if the hospital was really closing. Holmes moved in January from the Glades to West Palm Beach, but said she still drives the hour to Everglades' emergency room when she or her children have asthma attacks. "I'm comfortable with the doctors," she said. "I love this place I had my babies here." So did Brancati. And like Holmes, she lives more than 20 miles away but doesn't mind the inconvenience. The reason people stay, the reason people drive, is because it's very much like a family," Brancati said. "We know (the patients). They know us." Outside the ER, about 40 hospital workers, supporters and ministers gathered to pray that Everglades would reopen. It is the only hospital within 13 miles. And with more than 300 workers, Everglades was one of the largest employers in a small city with a median income $10,000 less than die county average. The tax-supported health district and the private hospital By Jennifer PeKz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PAHOKEE The nurses picked apart their identity badges, looking for something they could keep. They were among at least 225 employees laid off Friday at Everglades Regional Medical Center. The facility had only one patient at 12:30 p.m. 30 others already had been moved out and relatives were coming to pick her up. Medical devices sat unplugged in the hall. The five nurses didn't need to be there, but they didn't want to go. Burdened with debts and lawsuits, the hospital came close to closing two weeks ago. "But we never really, 100 percent, thought it would happen," said nursing supervisor Laura Freeman. "It's happened, but it's still a shock." Officially, it's not clear what will happen to the 62-year-old hospital. The Palm Beach County Health District asked a judge Friday to step into the dispute, and Everglades' officials haven't completed all the steps the state requires to close a hospital. For now, the emergency room remains open, though patients who need longer-term care will be transferred elsewhere, and Everglades' ambulance corps is still covering the county's western end. Seventy-five employees were kept to run the ER and the SAVESlOO's ON 1997 Q mum CLOSE-OUT MODELS iHns.v. Check out specially tagged 1997 close-out models for solid savings. Even nicer, some units come with a 10-year warranty. VISIT OUR SPECIALITY BOOTHS ON FINANCING, DUCT CLEANING & MAINTENANCE While you're here, inquire about the new special finanrino rurtapps nffprpd hv ARS. 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No tests exist to see if the microbe affects humans. ; The fisherman was the first person to report health problems possibly caused by contact with the water. ! Gryniuk renewed the department's warning not to eat sick fish and repeated that healthy fish are safe to eat. PUBLIC AUCTION URGENT DISPOSAL BL HLCUBOM70701672 GROSS WT.- 12 329 LBS. -FOREIGN PORT OF LADING: MUMBAI 72297 CARRIER: NOL-RISSO - RELEASED 81697 NEW YORK CARGO CONSISTING OF 34 BALES PLUS ADDITIONS HANDMADE ORIENTAL CARPETS and RUGS SILKS AND WOOLS . IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. GOV'T REGULATIONS EACH CARPET WILL BE LABELED WITH COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND FIBER CONTENT. ALL IMPORT DUTIES, TAXES AND FREIGHT PAID. GOODS RELEASED ONLY FOR IMMEDIATE DISPOSAL, PAYMENT AND REMOVAL. ONE DAY ONLY Sunday, March 29th Casual Furniture by Jerry LXl QD.C Transferred for Convenience to: OMNI WEST PALM BEACH HOTEL 1 601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beech, Aero from Airport at E fl 3 ' at y lVr r4 4 i I AUCTION 2:00 P.M. 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