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City of Wellington now has authority to file lien against Sumner Regional Medical Center

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The City of Wellington issued the latest press release:“After a 45-minute executive session during a special city council meeting held on June 9 at 9 a.m., the followomg action was taken by the Wellington City Council.‘The Resolution that the Wellington City Manager and city staff are authorized to engage in negotiations with the Health Care Authority of the city of Wellington for the purpose of filing a lien pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code in the amount of current indebtedness owed to the city and for any future advancement through Dec. 31, 2015.’This was a positive action that was taken by the Wellington City Council in order to protect the city, the hospital and our taxpayers.”A lien is a legal claim on another person’s property, be it real estate or personal property. These are most often placed on people’s property when said property is used as collateral for mortgages or loans.When money or services are owed to a creditor, that creditor can place a lien on the debtor’s property as a way of ensuring that they are able to reclaim their investments.SRMC is currently behind on utility payments. According to Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, the last time the hospital paid a utility bill was a partial payment in October 2013. The council abated utilities to the hospital for a six month period from July to December 2010, a six month period from January to June 2011, a six month period for January to June 2012, a three month period from October to December 2013, and a six month period from April to December 2014.See story here.SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez said the issue is so new to him that he didn’t think it is appropriate to comment until he meets with the SRMC board and the hospital attorney.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Does this not make us all liable for withholding taxes on employee’s that their behind on? If I am wrong about this please let me know but I do believe I read it some wheres that their behind on paying money to the state? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 270 weeks ago I think this is a good business decision. Although there is a lot of controversy, both in support and not, that surrounds the hospital, it’s nice to see the city hasn’t sat the issue on a shelf and is continuing to address the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Guest · 270 weeks ago The hospital is operating in a climate of ever declining payments from Medicare and Medicaid. There are a large number of working poor without insurance; particularly, with the Legislature not expanding Medicaid. If there are issues with the hospital that are contributing to its financial problems; then, these need to be addressed. However, what does it do to Wellington’s future prospects if there is no hospital? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago Why did we wait that long to file a UCC? A good decision yes, but should have been done long ago. Now the council needs to play banker and get aggressive with the collection aspects of monies owed. And please look at the overtime from the fire department. I watched a firefighter drive one of the city paid trucks all over town and waste gas. Then he left the truck running in front of his house while he ran inside for over ten minutes. All personal use. Great use of funds! Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down M.L.Cody · 270 weeks ago Here we go, the city getting into it deeper and deeper is this going to be another excuse to let them have more money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 270 weeks ago City placing lien on hospital = Father charging 10-year-old rent. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down yodo497 · 270 weeks ago same way at the county, they shouldn’t be able to drive county trucks home. then when you see the county or city workers, only one working and 3 standing around watching. They need to get a grip on things, its terrible to see this as a tax payer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 270 weeks ago well lets see, we pay the CEO a LARGE amount of money to “run” the hospital, but yet its struggling. we pay a dr to come in from a different city, when we have capable ones that wouldn’t have to be paid as much. we pay a large amount of money to him. we pay a surgeon a large salary how many surgeries is he even doing? how many extra jobs there need to be cut? I heard they are behind on many other bills as well. robbing peter to pay paul. when is enough enough? I do have a question though, is this not a city owned property? if so how does the city owe the city? I see many faults with the city, with the hospital, with the people that are involved in spending this money, and making this money. does mr Hernandez need to make the kind of salary he does? ask the hospital staff how often they see him? what changes are happening if any? I just hear excuse after excuse with him. someone please step in and do something. make this hospital into a residential home, immediate care, cancer center. it can be utilized more than it is now. Report Reply 2 replies · active 270 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago My experiences with UCC’s make me think the city doubts it will get repaid so if things are forced to be liquidated it puts the city in a position to be paid out of proceeds. Cut your losses with the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 270 weeks ago Have we heard, exactly, how much is owed by the hospital? Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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