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Englewood Sun (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Englewood, Florida Front Page 4 e from Page one Sun Herald sunday december 5, 1999backstreet boys trying to get donated Money distributed Denver a the backstreet boys planned to donate $75,000 from their Denver concert to the Columbine College fund but the nonprofit organization is about to fold for Lack of funds. A a we re currently trying to get in Contact with the Correct organization to make sure that the Money donated on behalf of the backstreet boys gets to the kids a Mark Norman vice president of show promoter House of blues said wednesday. The group donated the Money after learning that 1,200 tickets to their oct. 31 Denver concert sold for at least $1 to apiece. Patrice Pagano who established the san Francisco based fund in May to provide College scholarships to students in the Columbine High school massacre said Only about $800 has been today is sunday dec. 5, the 339th Day of 1999. There Are 26 Days left in the year. Today a highlight in history dec. 5, 1933, National prohibition came to an end As Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment to the Constitution repealing the 18th amendment. On this Date in 1776, the first Scholastic fraternity in America Phi Beta Kappa was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg a. In 1782, the first native . President Martin Van Buren was bom in Kinderhook . In 1791, composer Wolfgang amadeus Mozart died in Vienna Austria at age 35. In 1792, George Washington was re elected president John Adams was re elected vice president. In 1848, president Polk triggered the Gold Rush of �?T49 by confirming that Gold had been discovered in California. In 1901, movie producer Walt Disney was bom in Chicago. In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it possible for him to travel to the United states. Today a birthdays a Senate president pro tempore Strom Thurmond , is 97. A Singer Little Richard is 67. A comedian actress Margaret Cho is 31.news of the Weir Industrial insanity two Chicken processing Plant workers suffocated when they accidentally fell into a 9-foot-deep pit of Chicken parts Robards ky., july. A two Story Brick House being moved to make Way for an expressway fell off a trailer and crushed a worker to death Clairton pa., september. An 18-year-old worker was crushed to death in a dough mixing machine at a bakery Oakville Ontario july. And a 16-year-old worker was crushed to death in another bakery a dough making machine Toronto september news shows abcs a this week a topics presidential politics the Reform party and the world Trade organization. Guests Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes and Donald Trump. Cd so a face the nation a topics the world Trade organization. Guests Commerce Secretary William Daley and Al Cio president John Sweeney. No cd so meet the press a topics a presidential politics the world Trade organization and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Guests sen. John Mccain a Ariz. And gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota. In no so late edition a topics Trade the Reform party presidential politics and y2k readiness. Guests gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota and democratic strategist James Canille. A Fox news sunday a topics Are the Media racist and protests at the world Trade organization meeting. Guests Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes. Compiled from staff and wire service sit care from Page 1 or transferring them to other hospitals because they cannot or Are under medicaid or medicare. The Law also has provisions for what is considered an emergency. Hospitals can turn away indigent patients in nonemergency cases although most in Southwest Florida claim they do not. Fawcett memorial Hospital in port Charlotte is supposed to a accept any patients that come through the door a said Deb Sweetland Hospital spokeswoman. Fawcett works with each patient to explore different options that Are available for patients who Are not insured Sweetland said. The staff can set up payment schedules for patients and help others qualify for medicaid if they meet the criteria for assistance. Some Are awarded the a Charity Quot designation and can qualify to on a sliding scale. Sweetland said in 1998, the Hospital managed to recoup about 80 percent of its $4.8 million bad debt by helping people convert to medicaid the Federal Low income health insurance program. The Hospital Only had to write off about $1 million. Englewood Community Hospital also does not turn away patients in nonemergency situations. A we really accept people from All sorts of socioeconomic backgrounds Quot said Jim Sproul director of marketing and development at the Hospital. Sproul said Englewood Hospital tries to work with individuals to help them their Bill. A we make every reasonable accommodation to help people become aligned with every resource to help Bills with the Hospital a he said. In some cases when people Are unable to the Bill the Hospital assumes the Cost As a bad debt expense. A Large portion of Englewood Community hospitals $4 million bad debt expense is due to care for the indigent Sproul said. Sproul said such an expense is usually anticipated in the hospitals budget. A you would plan for it in the future just As you would any other expense a he said. Sproul said Englewood Community Hospital does not identify people who do to charge them higher in a bind some hospitals can to afford to write off such an expense. After amassing a bad debt and Charity expense of about $4.4 million during the past fiscal year Desoto memorial Hospital started turning away patients who could not for care in september according to Roy Vinson the hospitals president and chief executive officer. The Hospital had to take drastic measures to be a viable for the new millennium a he said. The $4.4 million on bad debt and Charity made up almost 15 percent of Desoto memorials $30 million operation according to Vinson. Desoto memorial does try to work with indigent patients using an outside company Trinity to get people qualified for medicaid Vinson said. Patients can work out a payment plan with the Hospital but they must for 50 percent of the Cost up front before making arrangements to for the balance Vinson said. A problem lies with people who Are ashamed to be placed on Public assistance and will not show up to fill out paperwork Vinson said. Others like Hill Are hesitant to enrol in medicaid because of the frustration they have run into with the system. A i done to even want to go Deal with them even though i qualify a she said. Englewood Herald uses 743170 is published daily by Sun coast Media group inc. At 23170 Arborview Road Charlotte Harbor Al 33980-2198. Periodicals postage paid at Punta Gorda. Al member of the audit Bureau of circulation >6 _ subscriptions daily. Single copy Englewood office 167 w Dearborn Street. Englewood. Al 34223 Telephone 474-5521 Long Capauto general manager Lorraine Schneeberger Englewood editor Lynne Coleman Englewood circulation Margie Jenkins customer service circulation 474-5521 classified advertising 475-2200 port Charlotte office 629-2855 of you reach our automated attendant and you have a touch tone phone dial one of the following extensions Derek Dunn rank president is Pup Isner ext i03 Jim Gouveris executive editor. Ext 136 news room ext 120 sports department ext 123 Richard Hackney of operations. Ext. 142 Robert Whitfield marketing director. Ext 389 Jim Leathern advertising director. 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Only 3 months $34 of 6 months $64.50 i tear $108 00 postmaster please Send address changes to Sun Herald 23170 Arborview Road. Charlotte Harbor Florida 389802198. Sujune internet services i in Charlotte. In Venice or Sarasota in Desoto. In Rotonda Cape Cue in Boca Grande 941 629-8256 941 483-4848 941 993-1011 941 697-0773 941 964-9600 newspaper web Sites a top wow Sun Herald com a top wow Venic gondolier com photo reprints available format of any photo As it appeared in your local newspaper office at reprint costs for an 8x10 format tattered within 30 Days $20 each plus tax a ordered after 30 Days $40 each plus tax reprint is usually available within to business Days of order Date. Have a it Uelk it Nall Donna it it ates at 629 7h95 f it. 267__________________________charlotte county health department Call to find out exact hours of 514 e. Grace St., Punta Gorda 639-1181. Office hours 8 . To 5 . 20101 Peachland blvd., port Charlotte 255-7424. Office hours 8 . To 5 . 6868 san Casa blvd., Englewood 474-3240. Office hours 8 . To 5 . women infants and children clinic 3121 Lakeview blvd., port Charlotte 764-9111. Office hours 8 30 . To 5 30 ., monday through a Charlotte county 9 . To 4 . Tuesday children and families first program Meadow Park elementary port Charlotte. A Desoto county 3 . To 8 . Wednesday health ministries Sunnybrook Alliance Church 6401 Sunnybrook blvd., Englewood 475-2906. Hours 8 30 . To noon or 6 . To 9 . Tuesday alternates each first Alliance Church 20444 Midway blvd., port Charlotte 625-7435. Hours 8 30 . To noon abundant life Assembly of god Church 1500 Cooper St., Punta Gorda 639-5433. Hours 8 30 . To noon or 6 . To 9 . Thursday alternates each week. It often takes too much time to see a doctor she said and mistakes made with the paperwork can make matters worse. Hill said the attitude from some medical staff can discourage people especially when they a look at you As less of a person because you ask for hospitals in Charlotte county Are partially reimbursed by the county for medicaid patients. County budget director Dave Gruen said the county has paid $137,560 this year to county hospitals for indigent care through medicaid. Although Desoto memorial receives medicaid funds from the state it does not receive any Money from the county to help with indigent care. A the county does not have the tax base to support indigent care funding a Vinson said. This year the Hospital had to raise prices for the first time in years to recoup some of the costs from indigent care meaning people who will have to More because of those who done the said. A you Rob Peter to Paul a Vinson help for patients As a nonprofit institution. Bon Secours St. Joseph Hospital does not have to Bow to outside financial pressure said Dan Weatherly marketing director. A we done to answer to stockholders we answer to the Community a he said. St. Joseph tries to direct patients to financial Counselor to discuss ways to make payments. The Hospital also deals with patients who Are on medicaid and offers Charity care according to Weatherly. Weatherly said finances Are never a hindrance in getting care. In 1998, St. Joseph had 418 self admissions and 979 medicaid patients. Almost $1.8 million was spent on Charity care in 1998, a your Cost of giving care a he said. Weatherly said the Hospital also provides some services that medicaid does not reimburse the Hospital. A we far outreach those patients that need the care a Weatherly House a or Van a Calls Liz Keith vice president of Mission at St. Joseph said the rising Cost of care forces the Hospital to become More creative in ways to provide care for the indigent. One Way to do this is through the care a Van a portable clinic that serves patients in Charlotte Desoto and Hardee counties. The care a Van was started in 1993 to serve five counties and later expanded to eight said Ellis buckle director. It now gives primary care to an average of 3,600 patients a year. A a we re basically a doctors office on wheels a he said. The care a Van staffed with two nurses and a physicians assistant treats people in locations where people feel comfortable buckle said. Because a lot of patients Are migrant workers that can mean ethnic grocery stores and churches he said. Physicians occasionally ride with the staff. The care a Van stops at Meadow Park elementary in port Charlotte for its children and families first program on tuesdays in Nocatee on wednesdays and in Wauchula on mondays wednesdays and thursdays. Christian health ministries also provides a free clinic to people who fall through the cracks a those who make too much Money to qualify for medicaid but not enough to afford health insurance. Hill Learned about the clinic from a neighbor and she has managed to get care for her legs and a referral to an orthopaedic specialist. She also Learned about the services of the Charlotte county health department which offers outpatient care for indigent patients at clinics in Punta Gorda port Charlotte and Englewood. The department also has a clinic for people involved with the women infants and children program. The health departments clinics receive about 40,000 visits every year from Low income patients according to John Piacitelli director of the department. The clinics receive visits from people who Are either uninsured or under insured and May use the emergency room for care Low income people with no health provider and people who Are assigned to the health department through the med pass program a managed care plan for patients on medicaid Piacitelli said. Fees for services Are on a sliding scale and Are determined during the first visit. The department requires income information to decide whether a patient can receive services at no charge or a fee based on income. Piacitelli said the clinics offer nonemergency services that people would normally receive from a doctor such As treatment for arthritis heart disease and infectious disease. When it comes to specialized care the health department coordinates with specialists in the Community and with agencies a to get the Best services for the individual a Piacitelli said. Some services Are not necessarily for indigent care including immunizations tuberculosis prevention and his aids testing. The staff also sees people who Are on medicare that Many not have a doctor to provide care. You can email Roselle Zayas at in cracks from Page 1 through the help of staff at the clinic. Hill said she Learned she could qualify for assistance something she would not have known otherwise. A i did t know you could go there and see a doctor a she said. Marilyn Fite a registered nurse and Volunteer at the clinic at first Alliance Church in port Charlotte said the patients who use the clinic Are usually people who Are Between 50 and 65 years old As Well As peo pee who work one or two jobs but May not have health benefits. One of her patients is a diabetic woman who needed strips to test her blood sugar. Monitoring blood sugar is essential for diabetics. A a it a important to keep your blood sugar under control a Fite said. The problem is that these strips can Cost a to $2 each. And when you use them at least twice a Day the Cost can add up. Christian health ministries Gruning a project now provides Florida lottery Cash 3 dec. 4. 665 dec. 3. 496 dec. 2. .014 dec. 1. 373 nov. 30. 343 play 4 dec. 4. Dec. 3. Dec. 2. Dec. 1. 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The clinics Are staffed by 65 volunteers including doctors nurses and others. The clinic in port Charlotte is open from 8 30 . To noon saturdays. The other two clinics alternate Between mornings and evenings every week. This week the clinic at Sunnybrook Alliance Church will be open from 6 . To 9 . Tuesday at abundant life Church the hours Are 6 . To 9 . Thursday. The following week the Englewood and Punta Gorda clinics will be open from 8 30 . To noon. Dell bums of Punta Gorda a Volunteer at the clinic said More people show up during the evening hours because it is easier for them to get there. Some nights the clinic stays open until to or 11 . A we done to want to turn anybody away a she said. Gruning said he was looking for a Way to use his talents to help people. And since Christian health ministries started a fall these doors kept opening a he said. A we Haven to had to ask for anything a Gruning said. A people just keep coming and bringing it to patients at Christian health ministries can be referred to doctors through the physician Volunteer program and they can be sent for free blood work and a rays at Fawcett memorial Hospital or Englewood Community Hospital Gruning said. Medicine has also been donated. Volunteer physicians have malpractice insurance thanks to the help of the Charlotte county health department. In addition to primary physical care the clinics also try to assess and help with other needs including spiritual ones. Among the volunteers at the clinics Are prayer partners and clergy available to talk with patients. A we try to meet All the needs that we can a bums said. Bums said she has seen people who come to the clinics become much happier Over time due to the comfortable environment. A it Isnit a sit Down wait your turn come in a a a she said. Hill said the environment at the clinic is much friendlier than the environment she encountered at the health department. A a they re Here because they want to help a she said. Linda Bennett clinical coordinator said patients May be apprehensive when they come in but she has never seen anyone leave unhappy. Patients have to meet the same income requirement As at the health department meaning they must earn 150 percent of the Federal poverty level. However the Volunteer staff is not As stringent with the regulations. A we take people As they come a Gruning said. If people Are referred to the health department for additional care Bennett said the clinic sends All the information to the department. Patients also receive a list of information they need to take with them to the health department including social Security cards medicaid and food stamp information letters of support and Bank statements. Since the clinics serve As places for indigent people to receive help they have taken some of the Burden from the health department. A a we be been Able to fill a need in the Community a Gruning said. A a we be been Able to take the pressure off them in a comfortable you can email Roselle Zayas at

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