Over the past 29 years that I have been involved in trying to protect the taxpayers of Marion County and it has been my disgust and displeasure to find situations setup by public officials primarily to confuse and deceive the taxpayers. The Wishard and IU School of Medicine (IUSOM) contract is one such situation. Trying to sort out this mess is like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube in the dark. But like my dad used to say, “Where there’s a will, there a way”.
According to Indiana Code, Wishard’s job or duty is to provide healthcare and hospital care for those less fortunate than most. In other words, they cure the sick and injured who don’t have any money. The law does not say anything about Wishard being a teaching hospital or a research facility, it is there for one purpose and one purpose only, assist the poor in their health problems and needs. That does not mean Wishard cannot allow someone else to do research at Wishard but if that happens, the taxpayers of Marion County should NOT PAY for this research.
Wishard and IUSOM have a contract for services to be provided by IUSOM through IU Health. IU Health is a non-profit organization and I guess was created to confuse and deceive the taxpayers of Marion County. Well, I was able to obtain the IRS 990 forms that were filed in 2005-06-07 and I found some very interesting and disheartening data. It seems that IU Health is doing research and charging Wishard for the research they do.
On the 990 form IU Health lists $43,792,243 in salaries and benefits for I guess doctors. There is also a line item listed as “Compensation of current officers, directors, key employees etc… at $1,794,492. However, at least the first figure seems legitimate because there should be doctor’s salaries, but the line items I have a problem with are as follows: What is Wishard doing paying $1.7 million in rent for a building located at 8910 Purdue RD, Suite 500? Why is Wishard being charged $216,929 for a phone system located on Purdue Rd? And there is more (see below).
Now there is only one reason I can come up with why this deal is setup in this manner and that is that IU Health is doing research on the Marion County Taxpayer’s DIME. Let’ take a look and you tell me what you think.
I found items on this 990 that should in no way be charged to Wishard and they are as follows:
$1,511,800 (06) $1,791,492 (07)From this 990 it seems that Wishard is paying for items they should not be paying for. If this is wrong then I think I and the taxpayers of Marion County need and deserve an answer.
Officers, directors and key employees
Why should Wishard pay for officers of a corporation to do what IUSOM is suppose to do, if not, then let’s take our business elsewhere.
$153,734 (06) $73,540 (07)
Wishard already has a very sophisticated accounting system why should we pay for someone else’s?
$41,548 (06) $102,394 (07)
Wishard already pays for all Malpractice insurance so why is this needed? Attorneys already rape our community for enough money every year, why should we pay more?
$138,990 (06) $1,559,884 (07)
Wishard spends a small fortune on supplies, why then does IU Health buy them? And why was there an increase of over 1,000%?
$312,250 (06) $216,929 (07)
Why should Wishard pay for phones they don’t and can’t use?
$140,057 (06) $121,966 (07)
Why is Wishard doing so much mailing from Purdue Road?
$1,588,730 (06) $1,703,955 (07)
Occupancy (Office Space)
Why is Wishard paying rent for an unneeded office and why so far from IUSOM and Wishard?
$613,767 (06) $717,052 (07)
Equipment Rental & Maintenance
Why is IU Health renting equipment when Wishard has everything that is needed?
$233,564 (06) $159,433 (07)
Printing & Publications
What does IU Health have to print? All printing needs should be taken care of by IUSOM.
$192,665 (06) $64,264 (07)
Travel, where, when and what for? The contract is for Wishard which is located in Indianapolis why should anyone in this group be going anywhere to complete its duties with Wishard. This sounds like something IUSOM should be paying for.
$54,567 (06) $352,864 (07)
Why is IU Health charging Wishard for Conferences, shouldn’t that be IUSOM responsibilities?
$529,449 (06) $681,316 (07)
What Other Expenses?
Why is IU Health doing marketing, Wishard does enough of that?
What contract services?
I thought this contract was inclusive?
$8,824,660 (06) $7,598,513 (07)
There are a lot of questions I have about this entire setup and they are as follows:
· Why does IUSOM need to go through IU Health?
· Are all the people who work
for IU Health also employees of IUSOM and Wishard?
· Why does IU Health have
over $12 million in investments as of 2007?
· Isn’t there an easier more
direct manner of doing this contract?
As I said before, all Wishard needs is doctors, just doctors. As taxpayers we don’t care if IUSOM does research or for that matter anything within the laws of Indiana as long as it doesn’t cost Marion County taxpayers more. It is because of this contract and other confusing facts that I am very skeptical of this Wishard Bond Issue and I believe everyone in Marion should also be skeptical and VOTE NO on November 3rd.