ST. CROIX - The report from a recent inspection of Luis Hospital by federal regulators draws a damning portrait of a hospital lacking adequate oversight, where all too often, reasonable care was not taken to protect patients from harm.
The report from a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspection of the island's only hospital from July 28 to Aug. 1 details case after case where the hospital's failures to meet acceptable standards resulted in actual harm coming to patients.
ST. CROIX - Luis Hospital soon could be another step closer to having a functioning governing board - something it has been without for more than a year - as the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday takes a vote on the nominations of two new members for the board.
If they get the green light, the nominations - of Kimberly Jones and Troy deChabert-Schuster - will then go before the full Senate for confirmation at its next session. If the nominations pass the full Senate, the Luis Hospital board would have a quorum.
The Education and Workforce Development Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas to discuss a bill relating to corporal punishment in public schools; a bill relating to the Workers Compensation Administration; a bill requiring the Education Department to include an emergency medical technician or paramedic course as part of the high school curriculum; and a bill relating to school attendance, absenteeism and parental responsibility.
ST. THOMAS - Many people probably cannot even remember what the pills sitting in the back of their medicine cabinet are for.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has organized National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in order to collect all of those pills.
In an effort to prevent further abuse of prescription drug pills, the DEA will be holding the event nationwide. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the DEA will collect unused medicine at five post offices in the Virgin Islands. On St. Croix, collection points will be at post offices in Gallows Bay, Estate Richmond, Mars Hill and Kingshill. On St. Thomas, prescription drugs will be collected at the Sugar Estate Post Office.
ST. CROIX - For the third week in a row, the wholesale price of gasoline at the HOVENSA truck racks did not change 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. Any change in the weekly rate is made on Mondays.
With no change in the rate this week, independent gas station operators in the territory are 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.
ST. THOMAS - The condominium association at Sapphire Resort and Marina is suing the tax assessor and the lieutenant governor for failure to collect property taxes on several abandoned condos and marina slips.
The suit was filed in Superior Court on Thursday by SBRMCOA, LLC, the Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina Condominium Owners Association, which is represented by attorney Jim Derr.
The suit names Tax Assessor Ira Mills and Lt. Gov. Gregory Francis as defendants. A spokeswoman for the Lt. Governor's Office said Friday she could not comment on the lawsuit.