ST. CROIX - Lawyers working for Luis Hospital plan to meet with federal regulators as soon as this week in an attempt to stave off the hospital's Oct. 9 disqualification from participating in Medicare and Medicaid, a local official said.
V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen said in a prepared statement Saturday that lawyers with Ropes & Gray had asked for a chance to present the corrective action plan they are working on to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by this week and CMS had accepted.
ST. CROIX - The Luis Hospital board is slated today to have its first public meeting since July 2013.
The special meeting, set for 3 p.m., will mark the first time the hospital board has been able to muster a quorum to conduct business since July 2013. The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nominations of two new Luis Hospital board members, Kimberly Jones and Troy deChabert-Schuster.
Jones and deChabert-Schuster will give the nine-seat board five members, just enough to conduct business. Four empty seats remain.
ST. THOMAS - If a person dies on St. John in the next week or so, the V.I. Justice Department insists that it has arrangements with alternative government agencies to transport the body to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center.
Deputy Attorney General Wayne Anderson, who has been handling the recent negotiations surrounding the transportation of bodies on St. John, did not specify what agencies.
ST. THOMAS - As the pieces begin to fall into place, the dream of a medical school at the University of the Virgin Islands is a little closer to becoming a reality.
On Friday, the Legislature approved funneling $700,000 a year from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund to help the university pay back the bonds it will need to build the new school.
Later this week - Wednesday on St. Croix and Thursday on St. Thomas - UVI will hold public meetings on the medical school proposal to get input on the location of the medical school's components.
ST. CROIX - For the fourth week in a row, HOVENSA did not change the wholesale price of gasoline at its truck racks today.
HOVENSA each week evaluates its rack rates - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - and may adjust them.
However, with no change in the rate this week, independent gas station operators in the territory are still paying $3.54 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.74 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.46 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax that HOVENSA collects for the government.
Michael Steven Druse
Michael, age 66, unexpectedly passed away Sept. 13, 2014, at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, located on St. Thomas, the place he cherished most.
Better known as "Wic" or "Pappy" to his family and friends. Michael was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Lima, Ohio, to Doris and George Druse. Michael served four years in the Air Force. He spent the majority of his life in Seminole, Fla., with his wife Paula. It was there the couple raised their four incredible girls Donna, Cheryl, Jenny and Kelley.