Headlines: You Can Buy the Adventist Media Center for $14.3 Million


(Spectrumbot) #1

From this week's breaking Adventist news stories around the Web:

Adventist Media Center for Sale. The former Adventist Media Center, a 120,000-square-foot studio and production facility in Semi Valley, CA, is for sale. The asking price of $14.3 million for the property includes two floors of offices, two studio production sound stages, editing suites, warehouse space, and several satellites. According to the firm marketing it, the space is unique and bargain-priced for the Los Angeles area. From Thousand Oaks Acorn, "Adventist Media Center hits market for $14.3M."

LLU Physician Brings Salvation to Kenya, Literally. Karen Hansberger, a physician with La Sierra University’s student health services and a Loma Linda obstetrician/gynecologist, traveled to Kenya to help save the lives of Kenyan women. She brought three Bakri uterine balloons, absorbent silicone catheter devices which put pressure against bleeding vessels during life-threatening post-partum hemorrhaging. It is a common cause of death among women in developing countries. Hansberger and over twenty other medical professionals and non-medical people traveled to Kenya with international development organization, A Better World Canada. The team spent three weeks providing medical training, medications, and services to rural Kenyan health clinics and hospitals. From The Press-Enterprise, "Doctor takes medical devices to Kenyan women."

Adventist Health Settles in False Claims Act Lawsuit. For the second time in a year and a half, Adventist Health has agreed to pay the federal government over litigation brought under the federal False Claims Act. While admitting no wrongdoing, Adventist Health has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle false-claims allegations related to Medicare charges at St. Helena Hospital. The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco, which announced the settlement, said the hospital was billing Medicare for unnecessary angioplasty procedures. The previous settlement in May 2013 involved inflated fees at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. From Lodi News, "Adventist Health pays $2.25 million to settle Medicare charges lawsuit."

Michigan's First Male Doula is Blind Adventist Teacher. Ray McAllister, a blind teacher at Andrews University's school of distance learning and a certified massage therapist, has become a "doula," a person who supports women and their partners before, during, and after childbirth. "Typically, during a birth he massages the legs, arms and back to relieve symptoms such as edema in the legs, low back pain and gestational carpal tunnel syndrome. He also helps women with foot pain by using reflexology techniques." McAllister is the first male doula in Michigan. From The Herald Palladium, "Berrien Springs man makes strides into traditional female role as a doula."


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6547

(Kim Green) #2

I am sure that the Media center will be scooped up by some Hollywood company/group who will definitely put it to use and make profits. Yet another example of bad adventist businesspersonship…but not the last.


(jeremy) #3

two violations of the false claims act is not good…is there no-one in administration that oversees this eventuality…or is it the case that profits from false billing exceed fines…


(Graeme Sharrock) #4

Why is this bad business? Media needs have changed over time and diversification is probably good. Maybe something newer and better could happen with the $$14.3m.


(Kim Green) #5

Graeme…I lived near there for 8 years. I know the history well…hopefully they do use the money well but if past business behavior is an indicator of future business behavior- no.


(Phil) #6

Jeremy,

A settlement like this does not equal guilt—there may not have been any truly significant violations. A settlement is not the same as a conviction. The hospitals should not be assumed to be engaging in wrongdoing. Government rules are voluminous and continuously change. Interpretations and legal decisions are conflicting. Some of the rules give the the government the power to do a shakedown. Sometimes it is cheaper for organizations to settle than to fight the accusation. All one can say is that there was a settlement. Otherwise we are engaging in speculation.


(jeremy) #7

i think you make a good point, but two violations of a federal act in less than two years, each over specific charges that are left unrefuted, and resulting in multi-million dollar no-fault settlements, suggest a tactical decision…i can’t see either of these alleged violations costing millions of dollars to fight in court…unnecessary angioplasty and inflated fees should be relatively easy to refute, if untrue…in addition, we don’t have any indication that income resulting from either of the alleged violations was returned…


(Phil) #8

Of course I have no inside info and I am definitely not a lawyer. I have no idea about any particulars in these cases. But as a former medical director of a hospital for about a decade I have sympathy for hospital administrators. We never had any government lawsuits and tried to scrupulously follow the rules, but at times even our attorneys were unsure what might or might not be considered a violation. Sometimes to follow one rule we could be in violation of a different rule. Sometimes we had to wait for a couple of years for the government to even issue guidelines on new rules. Having been in the position, I know how easy it is to overlook a regulation. The rabbinical rules in Christ day were far fewer than the government rules for hospitals. The threat of government shutdown, bad publicity even if you win, the high cost of litigation, the loss of medicare, these all encourage a hospital to settle, even when they are not guilty or the violation is minor.


(jeremy) #9

all things considered, you are probably correct…and we really don’t have enough information to form any conclusions…