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Regent+s letter favors BHCS sale

March 21, 1997

Regent's letter favors BHCS sale


By Ashlee Ross

Assistant City Editor

In a lengthy letter placed on the Baylor Alumni Association's interactive web page Thursday, Ted Snider, a University regent said his fellow regents should ignore criticism from people outisde the University and continue to strongly consider selling the Dallas-area Baylor Health Care System (BHCS).

Snider's letter, originally sent to regent chairman Randy Fields, a San Antonio attorney, was dated March 9. Snider chose to put it on the interactive alumni web page, he said, because he believes 'they [people in the Baylor family] are entitled to the other side of the story.'

Snider's letter favored the system's sale and said that a sale would make 'millions of dollars available for Christian education.' The letter said the funds 'would catapult Baylor into the top 10 [of American universities] in endowment.'

'I think that it would enhance it [the University],' Snider said in a telephone interview Thursday.

'Doing something of that magnitude for the students who go to Baylor and for future students' would be beneficial for thousands of people.

In the letter, Snider said that critics of selling the hospital think making a profit is un-Christian and that having both a for-profit and a Christian mission are 'not mutually exclusive.'

'I think there could be [a sale] if the hospital could get past the idea that making a profit is evil,' Snider said.

According to the letter, regents ordered a $400,000 study of the BHCS to explore possibilities other than a sale.

'I think that some of that is paid for by Baylor and some is paid for by Baylor Health Care,' Dr. Stan Madden, the University's marketing vice president said Thursday . 'I'm not sure, actually -- that's the

Federal agents investigate W. Texas healthcare corp.

The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas--Federal agents have seized files and records at Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. facilities throughout El Paso as part of a long-term investigation, but won't release any specifics.

The raids, involving officials from the FBI, the IRS and Department of Health and Human Services, began Wednesday morning after several search warrants were issued, FBI spokesman Al Cruz said.

Cruz would not discuss details of the probe. He would say only that the warrants resulted from an investigation that had been going on for a long while and 'would go on for even longer.'

Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, said the information had been sealed.

Dr. Charles Lyons, director of the burn unit and wound-care center at Columbia Medical Center-West, told the El Paso Times he believes the agents sought Medicare records.

'I would just be speculating, but I would assume they're looking at Medicare fees and charges,' Lyons said. 'We're the largest wound-care center in the country as far as volume and number of Medicare patients.

'I would say about 80 percent of our patients are Medicare patients.'

FBI agents also searched about 27 doctors' offices at Columbia-West, Lyons said. His office wasn't one of them, he said.

Columbia is cooperating with investigators, said Tamara Churchman, a company spokeswoman in El Paso.

'We have not been informed of any of the allegations or scope or nature of the investigation,' she said.

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