Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
February 10, 2005
Albany - Phoebe Putney staff doctors overwhelmingly support hospital CEO Joel Wernick. Dr. John Bagnato, who's publicly accused the hospital administration of corruption, was expected to call for Wernick's resignation during a staff meeting Monday night. But, that didn't happen.
"There were a lot of people who got up and made pleas for unity," said Dr. Michael Laslie. Anesthesiologist Dr. Michael Laslie says some doctors demanded answers about Phoebe's off shore company Grove Point Indemnity, which has been criticized for being a slush fund for hospital executives.
Chief Financial officer Kerry Loudermilk explained that hundreds of hospitals have similar accounts. The accounts allow the hospital to access cheaper liability insurance. "This whole Grove Point is saving Phoebe in excess of 1-million dollars a year," said Loudermilk. Loudermilk says those savings keep Phoebe from charging more for medical care.
Loudermilk's explanation of the accounts satisfied most doctors. "The questions about the off-shore accounts were cleared up so well by Mr. Loudermilk that this became a non-issue," said Dr. Laslie.
The Phoebe Factoids were another concern. The faxes, touting the hospital's top secret information, were disseminated by Dr. Bagnato and his office manager Charles Rehberg.
"I don't know what real reasons for all this was, but I do know that the factoids were below the belt, uncalled for, and unnecessary," said Dr. Laslie.
Dr. Laslie says as the administration explained themselves, the mood of the crowd begin to change. "It became pretty obvious to me that if Dr. Bagnato introduced this motion, it would certainly be voted down."
However, doctors didn't get the chance because Dr. Bagnato decided not to call for Wernick's resignation. Dr. Bagnato said he now feels optimistic that business leaders and medical staff are trying to build a better relationship and the call for Wernick's resignation would be counter-productive.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi attorney who's suing Phoebe Putney and hundreds of hospitals for overcharging uninsured patients is taking the fight to state courts. Attorney Richard Scruggs announced he's filing lawsuits in 23 states against the not-for-profit hospitals.
Many federal judges have already dismissed the cases, stating only the IRS can bring these claims not the victims. But, Scruggs isn't giving up.
He says state laws prohibit overcharging for medical care, and he plans to seek justice through the state courts. Scruggs has already filed a suit against Phoebe Putney in state court.
Phoebe continues to deny ever overcharging uninsured patients or using threatening tactics to collect medical bills.