Workers at Lower Oconee Community Hospital have still not been paid. According to some employees at the Hospital, it's been over four weeks since they received their last pay check.
CEO Norman King told us last Thursday that one of the reasons he could not pay his employees is because the hospital lost funding from Medicare.
Last week when I spoke to Norman King he told us he was appealing Medicare's decision to cease funding. He did not explain why, so we contacted the Department of Health and Human services.
Two weeks later on February 26th, the Department of Health and Human Services launched their investigation. On April 22nd, they terminated all medicare funding for the hospital.
Documents from the investigation state several citations including failure to notify the department of closure, failure to maintain emergency services, and failure to ensure staffing responsibilities.
The Department of Health and Human Services concluded their investigation by stating "based on the findings there was no evidence that the facility was operational and in the event of a medical emergency could meet the need of a patient."
The hospital's Medicaid provider number was also pulled. It was deactivated on March 26th because Medicare was terminated. But the Department of Community Health tells us it was reinstated that very same day. There was no break in Medicaid funding.