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Troubled Roseland Hospital hires new chief, board members

RoselCommunity Hospital 45 W 111th St Friday May 24 2013 | Brian Jackson~Sun Times

Roseland Community Hospital 45 W 111th St Friday, May 24, 2013 | Brian Jackson~Sun Times

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Updated: August 21, 2013 6:11AM

Amid attempts to keep it open and turn it around, safety-net Roseland Community Hospital has hired a chief restructuring officer and appointed three new board directors, the hospital said Friday.

Tim Egan — who was previously the vice president at another safety-net hospital, Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, and two-time alderman candidate — was chosen as the president and chief restructuring officer of Roseland.

The three board members who were elected are Dr. Damon Arnold, once the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health; Dr. Terry Mason, the chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health and chief medical officer at Cook County Health and Hospital System; and Dr. Rupert Evan Egan said he is passionate about safety-net hospitals – those that treat patients who tend to be uninsured or underinsured – and has a long-standing interest in Roseland’s survival.

Egan will determine whether the South Side hospital can remain open after it almost closed in April because administrators said the hospital fell $7 million short of what it needed to pay past-due bills. The situation, however, appears to be even more dire than first suggested. When Gov. Pat Quinn gave the hospital $350,000 in April to keep the hospital from closing, a hospital spokesman said that Roseland would need to deal with a debt of “more than $14 million.”

The hospital has blamed its financial situation on the amount of uncompensated care it has given to patients who either had Medicaid or no insurance at all. The hospital said it provided $25 million dollars in uncompensated care in 2012.

But others — Quinn’s office and state Sen. Emil Jones III, whose district includes Roseland Community Hospital — have said that the “poor decisions” Roseland has made is just as much a part of the equation as having $25 million in uncompensated care.

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