Hospital Authority approves amendment to city contract - WNCN: News, Weather

Hospital Authority approves amendment to city contract

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Medical Center Hospital Authority gave the thumbs up to an amendment to the city's indigent care contract with Midtown Medical Center. The proposed changes could save taxpayers about half a million dollars a year.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says the amendment has several components that will save the city money in the long run. The first change will center on how the city pays the Medical Center for indigent care services. The original contract had the city paying a percent of the entire tax digest. Mayor Tomlinson says a lot of those property taxes were uncollected. The amendment calls for future payments to be based on only on the property taxes collected.

"This was really an interim opportunity to take the two entities to the existing contract and see if we could amend a few things to make them better for the taxpayers. We certainly appreciate the Medical Center, Chuck Stark and the board. They didn't have to do anything, but they did," said Mayor Tomlinson.

Other changes will include a 50% savings on inmate care for the first $500,000 the city spends. Also, if there is any leftover money at the end of the year, 50% will go back to the city. The chairman of the Medical Center Hospital Authority says the restructured contract is not monetarily beneficial to the hospital but they do get a bit of goodwill.

"There are larger things at stake here. I think a positive relationship with the city government going forward is probably much more important in the long term as we try to build a much more positive relationship," said Dr. Michael Gorum.
City Council still has to approve the amendment. Mayor Tomlinson says she expects it to come before council at next Tuesday's meeting.

Nominate a story idea to be investigated

  • It's Your Money: Story Idea Submission

    Submit your story ideas for our next "It's Your Money" segment.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission. WRBL News 3 will review your idea and may get back to your with additional questions.

Naomi Keitt

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Kellogg's plant to close by end of 2015, company responds

    Update: Kellogg's plant to close by end of 2015, company responds

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:11:13 GMT
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015.The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015.
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to be shut down by the end of 2015.
    The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to be shut down by the end of 2015.
  • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Special Report: Selling seized guns

    Special Report: Selling seized guns

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:33:31 GMT
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
    Instead of destroying them, The Columbus Police Department is selling hundreds of seized guns. Some of the guns were used in crimes, others were found on the road- all of them now headed back to the streets.“The policeman in me says I’d rather not see that gun back on the street, we’ve already gotten a hold of it once, but you’ve got 550 guns- will every one of them be used in a crime? No. Some of them will be sold to someone that will enjoy the use of that gun for the rest of their life and ...
Watch Live Watch Live Religious services RBC Canadian Open (Sat & Sun)
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.