For a change of pace from my usual reviews, here are the photos I took at the abandoned Boston Regional Medical Center! All of the pictures are taken from outside – don’t worry, I didn’t trespass!
|The beat-up parking lot.|
|Looking through a glass door.|
|A narrow hallway.|
|Heading up to the main entrance.|
|This road has seen better days.|
|Someone needs to empty that wastebasket!|
|Looking into the main entrance.|
|A zoomed-in shot. Look at the fallen plaster!|
|Another corner of the building.|
|A side of the hospital.|
|Looking back toward the main entrance.|
|That looks unsafe…|
|What a lovely shot of a radiator.|
|The building again.|
|An old sign.|
|Even the church was abandoned!|
|A rusting door.|
|How do you even bend a metal sign like that?|
|A side of the building.|
|I wonder if that staircase is sturdy…|
|A bus shelter? What for?!|
|I don’t think anyone will be smoking around here anymore…|
|Some sort of utility closet?|
|Ahhhh, that’s so creepy! I wanna go in so bad!|
|Lots of overgrowth going on here.|
|More bent metal!|
|Some loading docks.|
|These generators were still on…|
|There was another main entrance down this way.|
|Are you wondering why that big board is there?|
|Now you know…|
|Looking beyond the broken glass.|
|Some sort of receptionist desk?|
|That hallway goes on for a while…|
|Zoomed in on the hallway.|
|The outside of this particular entrance.|
|Handicapped only, guys!|
|This seems isolated.|
|If this were a horror movie, the creepy ghost child would be sitting in that chair.|
Cool pictures. It looks like something from The Walking Dead.
Great post !
An article written about NCFE and Doctors’ Community Health was titled and explained, “How Hospitals are Looted.” The example the article cited was Boston Regional Medical Center. Boston Regional was taken over by DCHC and NCFE and driven into bankruptcy by them. A Federal suit (Chapter 11 bankruptcy, U.S. District Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Eastern Division Case No. 99-10860-CJK) filed by the Stoneham, Massachusetts hospital, evidenced what was a textbook case in up-to-date healthcare gangsterism.
The hospital told the court:
DCHC first offered to buy the financially weak Boston Regional Medical Center for $50 million, causing Boston Regional to cancel bids it received in the $37 million range and take the hospital off the market. Then DCHC backed down from the purchase and negotiated for 18 months, finally offering $25 million with the condition that NCFE “finance” the buyout and subsequent hospital operations.
NCFE’s standard deal was to buy the accounts receivable from a hospital — the right to collect what is owed the hospital by insurance companies and patients — paying for these accounts 97 cents per dollar of their face value. Thus, a very liberal 3% loan…. or so it appeared.
But NCFE tacked on various fees and required the hospital to make deposits in various “reserve” funds. The hospital was told it could earn back a large portion of these extra charges by performing certain financial duties. Meanwhile, DCHC and NCFE took over complete control of Boston hospital’s money, taking all income, making all payments, including to themselves, and keeping all the records.
The resulting nightmare cost Boston Regional the following actual interest rates on NCFE’s financing: 1995, at least 34%; 1996, at least 21%; 1997, at least 48%; 1999, at least 30%, each a violation of Massachusetts usury laws.
When the hospital desperately tried to change finance companies, NCFE demanded unsupportable penalties, keeping the hospital in bondage. When Boston Regional was forced into bankruptcy in 1999, it determined that DCHC/NCFE had stolen at least $12 million to $13 million from the hospital. DCHC/NCFE had never actually bought the hospital or provided the promised long-term financing.
Yet, NCFE shamelessly then offered to buy Boston Regional out of bankruptcy for $12.5 million – about the amount of money they had stolen from Boston Regional.
Boston Regional hired forensic (anti-crime) accountant James M. Cottos to probe its downfall. Cottos formerly served five years as the U.S. Treasury Department’s Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, and 14 years as a Federal fraud investigator for the Health and Human Services Department, convicting hundreds of healthcare fraudsters.
In an affidavit supporting Boston Regional’s racketeering charges against NCFE and DCHC’s Paul Tuft, Cottos said NCFE stole $9 million as follows:
“Using a so-called “204 adjustment” which had never been described to Boston Regional (but which Cottos discovered in an obscure code in the account ‘books’), NCFE withdrew from the hospital accounts $8,870 in Sept. 1995. This was not challenged. A month later, they took $37,779, then waited 6 months. In April, 1996 — $110,548. After 8 more months, they deducted over $500,000; a quarter million a week later; then multiple monthly withdrawals often reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Cottos reported, “Based on my experience in fraud investigations, this pattern of first making small withdrawals, which could be explained as an error if challenged, and then making a larger withdrawal once the first passed, waiting a period to see if it is noticed, and then proceeding to make multiple, large withdrawals once unchallenged, is common to embezzlement and fraud schemes.” Millions were reportedly stolen by simply not crediting the hospital with what it was due, and diverting the money into NCFE accounts.
Cottos said he discovered NCFE had used the very same methods to misappropriate funds in other institutions whose cases he also investigated.
The bankrupted Boston Regional Hospital asked the U.S. Court to seize NCFE’s bank accounts before the money disappeared, but they were too late. The NCFE CEO Lance Poulsen had stolen the money and consumed it on his lavish lifestyle.