IRC Hospital District Meeting: No Mention of Jim Seaton

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Jim Seaton, second from right

JIM SEATON IS A PUBLIC SERVANT WHO’S AGENDA, we believe, as a Hospital District Trustee, elected to fill the seat of Dr. Burton Lee, was the profitability of the Indian River Medical Center; such that it could increasingly be able to provide healthcare for our indigent community without burdening Indian River County taxpayers, through ad volaram taxes to do so.

At the July 16, 2015 Hospital District Meeting, there was no mention of Mr. Seaton’s brief service to the District and his passion for efficient and cost effective healthcare, other than to acknowledge that he had resigned.

We believe Mr. Seaton felt the Hospital District had acceded much of its authority over the Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) with respect to the newly crafted Indigent Care Agreement.

In recently voting against the renegotiated Indigent Care Agreement, Mr. Seaton cited Case No. 4098-4132 Indian River Co. Hosp. Dist v. Indian River Memorial …. 766So.2d 233 (2000) District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District, where it was affirmed that “The District independently determines how much it will pay each year to IRMH, Inc. for indigent care services. The District appropriates only a certain amount of money to IRMH, Inc. without regard to how much IRMH, Inc. charges for each individual service, which forces IRMH, Inc. to either lower its costs or take up the slack.”

It took Laura Moss, a Vero Beach resident, during public comments at the conclusion of the meeting, to acknowledge, recognize and praise Mr. Seaton for his brief service.  In so doing, she asked Hospital District Attorney Jennifer Peskie, if in fact Mr. Seaton was correct in his beliefs that the Hospital District had acceded much of its authority over to the IRMC.


Laura Moss

Pressed for an answer, Attorney Peskie said she would provide a statement in regard to Ms. Moss’ request at the next Hospital District Board of Trustees meeting.

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