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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Batters Up!

For those who attend the hospital's public information session at Intelliplex, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, (real convenient time), below are some suggested hardball questions.

They're mostly about the decision by the hospital's fearless leaders to stop filing IRS Form 990 that resulted in Major Hospital losing its non-profit tax status for a while. There was a story about it a couple of years ago in the paper, August 4, 2012, to be exact.

The story quoted Jack Horner, the CEO of Major Hospital, saying they stopped filing the Form 990 in 2008. Interesting since 2008 was a very eventful year for the hospital.

After that story I did a little recollecting and created a timeline. Here it is:

In July 2008, Major Hospital rebranded itself as "Major Health Partners"

A few weeks later in August 2008 Tony Lennen "resigned abruptly" (uh huh) from his job as CEO of the hospital

Right after, in October 2008, the hospital announced it was launching ReNovo a $7.2 million orthopedic center

That was followed by the $1.5 million UnaVie cardiology center

Plus Major Hospital has bought pretty much every independent doctors office in the county in recent years

And in 2012 Major bought the Heritage House nursing homes in Shelbyville and Greensburg

Curious if the decision to stop filing IRS Form 990 was related to those business ventures and acquisitions I looked up the form online - just search for "IRS Form 990."

In Part IV on Line 28 the form said:

“Was the organization a party to a business transaction with one of the following parties…

a A current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee? If “Yes,” complete Schedule L, Part IV

b A family member of a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee? If “Yes,” complete Schedule L, Part IV

c An entity of which a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee (or a family member thereof) was an officer, director, trustee, or direct or indirect owner? If “Yes,” complete Schedule L, Part IV”

Hmmm.

Wondering if the hospital's board might have contributed to the 990 decision, I did a little research.

Gene Jones became Major Hospital’s board chairman sometime after Dick Bishopp left the board in January 2006.

Coincidently, a man named Gene Jones is, or at least was, it’s unclear if he’s still there, a partner at Slattery & Holman P.C., an accounting firm in Carmel.

The firm’s website said one of its specialties is medical practices, including “practice valuations” and “buy-sell agreements.”

Good expertise to have if you’re launching multi-million dollar medical ventures and buying up physician practices and nursing homes as noted above.

Now to the questions:

Question 1: Did Tony Lennen “resign” because he didn’t want to stop filing Form 990?

Question 2: Was the decision to stop filing the Form 990 related to the business ventures noted above?

Question 3: Is hiding the identity of “a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee (or a family member thereof)” as Form 990 states, who may have profited from the hospital’s business ventures and acquisitions, the real reason the hospital stopped filing Form 990?

Question 4: Assuming it’s the same Gene Jones of the accounting firm Slattery & Holman, did Mr. Jones advise Mr. Horner on the decision to stop filing the Form 990? If so, what was that advice?

Question 5: Did the hospital’s attorney, Lee McNeely, advise Mr. Horner about Form 990? If so, what was his advice?

Question 6: Did the hospital board authorize Mr. Horner to stop filing Form 990?

Question 7: Was promoting Intelliplex as economic development in order to secure public funding for the park really just a scam so a few swine could cash in big time?

Oh and here’s hoping the hospital board doesn't ask for more public money when they move Major Hospital to the tech park.

The Indianapolis Business Journal (Sept 30 – Oct 6, 2013) ranked the Indy area’s largest not-for-profits by 2012 fiscal revenue. Major Hospital was #10 on the list.

According to the IBJ, Major Hospital’s fiscal revenues for 2012 were $228.4 million. The hospital’s net (that’s net) assets were $125.8 million.

Sounds like they’re doing just fine without us.



Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Dr. Hoo

I think interraplecks is where the hospital needs to be. Build it right next to the new horsepital. Also please include some place where us doctors can smoke in private.


Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Grassy Knoll

"Major Health Partners weighs new facility, seeks public input" (by Paul Gable Editor (sorta): Saturday, August 9, 2014)

What a sham. They've already made the decision, obviously, and the "public hearing" is just window dressing. Cover. An alibi. "We had a public hearing, therefore the whole deal is legit." Horner flat-out states that he's already talked to everyone he wanted or needed to, and of course he doesn't name them. Normally, a public and democratic process BEGINS with a public hearing. In a town like Shelbyville, they bring the "public" in at the END, to let us little people know what they've already decided, and then they pretend that they've done the right thing.

What bs. If they really wanted people to show up, they'd have it at either City Hall or the County hearing room. That's who'll be paying this $100+++ million - we the people of Shelbyville and the rest of Shelby County. Those are our centers of government, free and open forums where democracy (hopefully) happens. Nobody is represented by or at the Bamboozleplex Center except the fatcats who're pulling the strings here. Personally, I'm not going to bother to journey out there for this farce. Being there just makes me a part of it, and I refuse to be a tool.

Besides Horner and Tom DeBaun and miscellaneous other good ol' boys, here are the folks from the hospital board who are spending your money, readers (if any):

Gene Jones - Chairperson
Jan Sandman - Vice Chairperson
Jeff Beaty - Treasurer
Douglas Carter, M.D. - Secretary
John Coffin - Board member
Dana Caldwell - Board member
Sherri Tandy - Board member
J. Lee McNeely - Board Attorney



Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Poll Response

Dee,
For purposes of your poll, will you please accept "useless-idiot-douchebag" as one word?



Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Commonsense Republican

Your Pence Poll - I think ALL those words apply to the guv. Here's another one: Worthless Assbag. (Two words, I apologize!)


Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
Guestbook entry by: Francis Robinson

See my recent rant about DUI scooters below.
WSVX.com



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