Proposed Changes In UHS/Beaufort Medical Center Deal

University Health Systems has amended its original letter of intent when it comes to the lease of the Beaufort County Medical Center.

The closing date has been extended until May 31st and UHS will pay $25 million instead of $30 million, which is tied to adjustments related to the recent hospital audit.

The Beaufort Health Systems board is also asking for a few changes: An allocation of $500,000 from BRHS' Working Capital at closing to an escrow account to address or offset, in part, potential liabilities, and to share the accounts receivable that are collected in excess of what is expected according to the audit.

UHS and the Beaufort Health Systems board will now negotiate the final terms of the letter of intent.


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  • by citizen Location: Choco on Apr 2, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    As the fact will tell you CHS was in, then when the public meeting was scheduled they were out as noted by both newpaper in the county, then they were back in after the meeting. Give me Greenville anyday. I have seen the Williamston facility and I have seen the Greenville Facility. I know what I want in my town and it is not CHS. Just go to both places and see.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    TM -- are you still out there?
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Beaufort County should pay UHS 25 million to take the hospital.
  • by To Pitt we go Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Many people I know would not even go to BCH for a serious issue, they would go all the way to Pitt. You would be sent to Pitt anyway, because the same care is just not available at BCH as Pitt. It should be closed.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to To Pitt we go
      That will change when UHS has fully implemented their plan!
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      by BC resident on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to To Pitt we go
      I love the comment "all the way to Pitt" like you're traveling to Mars . . . its 20 miles each way and I go to Pitt county 4 -5 times every week for personal stuff AND I work in Beaufort county.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 04:49 PM in reply to BC resident
        He means Pennsylvania.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to To Pitt we go
      Once UHS gets some fellowship trained ED docs and the hospital gets properly staffed; this will be a great hospital which is why I continue to suffer through this ignorant, inefficient middle management
  • by truth on Mar 30, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    the best to do is to close the hospital because you will always get better care in greenville.and turn bcmc into the beaufort county penitencery
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      by Robin on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to truth
      Closing the hospital is NOT the best thing to do. As for getting better care in Greenville that's a matter of opinion. Those of us who would have to travel over 50 miles to get there, especially in times of emergencies, would much rather get care in Washington than die on the way to Greenville. Your opinion of Beaufort County doesn't seem very positive. If you live here, I surely hope you will choose to reside in another county. We don't need your attitude here.
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        by I live here on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to Robin
        I live in Beaufort Co. and i go to Greenville for my doctors because the Beaufort Co. Hospital does not have the doctors and surgens i need, I would stop in Beaufort Co if Greenville took over because of the care i get there,so i live here and i don't plain on moving anytime soon
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        by Concern on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:35 PM in reply to Robin
        I like BCRH, they have always taken great care of me. As far as UHS coming in. That is great. You will see a change, and it will be for the better. I am happy for the employees also. They deserve this.
  • by Put the blame where it belongs on Mar 30, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    the blame goes to our great CEO who got us in this big mess, but oh he skipps off free. Mr CEO was looking out for his pocket please give Hood a small break and lets talk about Mr.CEO no I haven't one bad remark about him and he did it all and left us holding the bag. Wake up Beaufort Co.
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      by megan on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:32 PM in reply to Put the blame where it belongs
      Please remember--The blame is with the people who elected Hood.
  • by Derik Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    This is exactly why you have due diligence!
  • by Financially Sound Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    None of us wants to pay more for something than it is worth. It is totally understandable that they lowered their offer. It should come as no surprise to anyone. Now they need to finish this and move on with UHS before things get even worse. Thank you UHS
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      by Ed on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to Financially Sound
      And get it done ASAP!
  • by Dick on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Sorry the audit revealed such discrepancies, but not entirely surprised. Just happy that UHS is still willing to undo years of mismanagement and save health care for Beaufort County. If they back out of the deal BCH is dead, and most of us will be driving to Pitt Co.
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      by Hey Dick on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM in reply to Dick
      The majority of mismanagement has been in the past 9 months. They've lost about a million dollars a month thus destroying the offer. CHS would have reduced their offer too after due diligence! There were no discrepancies in the audit just an adjustment for collections which has always occurred. Nobody can predict the future. There was more of a variance because the economy tanked and collections plummeted.
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      by megan on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:36 PM in reply to Dick
      And 3 of those months were due to Hood and the delays caused by not listening to the people who voted.
  • by someone on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    glad that they have made an offer (still) after looking at ALL the books and now it's time for the hospital to take the deal. There are no choices. Yes, some people will most likely loose their jobs or be redirected but it has to happen.
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      by Truth on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to someone
      There will be more jobs soon with UHS! Wait and see! CHS would have never increased jobs (except for Alice and her posse)!
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        by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:05 PM in reply to Truth
        That is the "truth" "someone" doesnt get it.
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