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Hospital to unveil review of finances

Eben Harrell

Aspen Valley Hospital officials will announce the findings of an extensive internal review of the institution’s finances tonight at an open board meeting, and there is widespread speculation the board will announce that the hospital’s debt from outstanding bills is even greater than once thought. Hospital officials refused to reveal on the record the findings of the review, but encourage the public to attend the meeting, saying it will be “significant and of great importance to the Aspen community.”

After the dismissals of former CEO Randy Middlebrook and CFO Verna Bartlett, officials launched an in-depth investigation into hospital finances, focusing primarily on billing practices.

Initial findings were announced at a Feb. 17 board meeting, when board members revealed that over the past few years, more than $2.5 million in hospital expenses have not been billed.

Board member and hospital treasurer John Jellinek said the management team under interim CEO Bob Karp and Jim Carris, a Denver-based efficiency consultant hired after Middlebrook’s departure, has uncovered important information about the hospital’s finances that will be revealed tonight.

“After Monday’s meeting, the public will know everything,” Jellinek said. “Nothing will not be disclosed. It’s an important meeting, and I hope it will be well attended.”

The meeting is in the hospital boardroom at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

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