Wednesday, December 12, 2012

re: Economic Research Institute

ERI Economic Research Institute is constantly updating this Form 990 Library as new images are provided by the IRS.

Valley Health System:

Shenandoah University:

Shenandoah University Salaries for FY-6/30 2006-2011

Continuing to build on The Winchester Star's database of local salaries, below is Shenandoah University as they are ranked in the Top 5 of local employers in the City of Winchester for the 2nd Qtr of 2009.  Also included are the top 5 highest paid contractors that Shenandoah University has secured for their services rendered over recent years.

SU Top Salaries and Top Contractors (comparison from 2006-2009)

Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits had a noticeable increase from 2008.
$41,186,110 ... FY-6/30/2010

$40,783,692 ... FY-6/30/2009

$34,901,609 ... FY-6/30/2008

$34,821,188 ...

$32,490,932 ...
These figures are the total sum of Compensation of the current officers, directors, trustees and key employees;  Other Salaries and wages; Pension plan contributions (include section 401(k) and section 403(b) employer contributions); Other employee benefits and Payroll taxes.

Related public documents:

SU IRS990 2012

SU IRS990 2011

SU IRS990 2010

SU IRS990 2009

SU IRS990 2008

SU IRS990 2007

SU IRS990 2006

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

re: 60 minutes ... Hospitals: The cost of admission

60 minutes exposed what a "for-profit" hospital system is doing .. but makes one wonder are "not-for-profit" hospitals doing the same?

Hospitals: The cost of admission
December 2, 2012 4:42 PM

Steve Kroft investigates allegations from doctors that the hospital chain they worked for pressured them to admit patients regardless of their medical needs.

1993: Mike Wallace reports on ER docs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


With so many people enduring these difficult economic times since 2008, is Valley Health System a nonprofit that is in much need?

Please keep other nonprofits that are truly struggling in mind when you decide to give financially and to volunteer your time. Several that come to mind would be Boys and Girls Club, C-CAP, United Way, and SAAA. They could use your financial support as well as volunteer time.

Why might you ask? Were you aware that the Winchester Medical Center has tallied a 10-year profit total of $418.6 million from 2000-2010. And, also, that VHS investment and other securities had a market value of $459.2 million at the end of 2010?

Valley Health officials keep publicly promoting the bad debt and charity care that they provide, which is great, but is that not part of the mission of a “not-for-profit” facility, to serve the needy and uninsured? Wonder how come VHS officials never promote their profitability?

The following information was cited from a mid-2000s Not-For-Profit Hospital Class Action Litigation from the state of Illinios.

“Not-for-profit hospitals (NFPs) have operated free from federal and state taxes because they have promised the government that they would operate as a charity provider of health care for the uninsured and that they would not engage in business ‘directly or indirectly, for the benefit of private interests.’ In reality, some NFPs do just the opposite:

Charging their uninsured patients significantly more than those who have insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.

 Pursuing the poor or uninsured relentlessly by aggressive and humiliating collection techniques.

 Rampantly violating federal and state prohibition against profiteering by ‘private interests,’ through either ‘connected’ board members and/or physicians whose for-profit businesses are formed and subsidized by the ‘tax-free’ organization.

“Certain NFPs, and their subsidiaries who employ the same business model, have amassed and hoarded billions of dollars in cash and marketable securities that otherwise would have been available to provide charity care to those who were contemplated by the tax exemption. Moreover, enormous property and revenues have been isolated from taxation, the effect of which has bestowed upon the NFPs greater liquidity than that possessed by most state and local governments.

“Lawsuits have been filed against NFPs asking the court simply to require the defendants to honor their obligation to provide charity care to those who need it, and to cease the cronyism to favored board members or physicians whose businesses are being unlawfully subsidized by the perverse business practices summarized above.

There is no doubt that VHS has positive impact on the regional area, but are Winchester residents feeling the effect of it not being a better neighbor in paying its real-estate taxes to the City of Winchester?
Just one example: How much more will Winchester residents’ water rates keep increasing?

The community benefit report shows that VHS’s annual community benefit for 2010 was $96.7 million, but that community covers 18 regional counties serving approximate 1.1 million individuals. The 2010 census tells us that approximately 26,000 individuals live in Winchester and 78,000 in Frederick County. Winchester and Frederick County represents approximately 9.5 percent of the regional population served by VHS.

To close, why should residents of Winchester continue to bear the lost of tax base from VHS’ campus while they make millions and millions locally while reinvesting into other regional counties and even out of state? Is this fair to the residents of Winchester?