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Summer CGC allows
WXYC surplus fund
to finance generator
By JEFF HIDAY
The Summer Campus Governing Council and student
radio station WXYC discussed a solution Tuesday night
which would let WXYC pay for an " Exciter" stereo generator,
the cost of which had been originally underestimated.
The CCC allocated $7,000 last March for the generator as
a capital expenditure (money designated for a specific item
or items). But the generator, described by station officials as
"the heart of the transmitter," actually cost $7,386. WXYC
proposed the extra $386 be transferred from one of their
other capital expenditure accounts which contained surplus
WXYC officials said if one capital expenditure did not
deplete the allocated funds, the surplus from that account
should be transferred to the generator account. But CCC by
laws prohibit such transfers. .
Student Body President Scott Norberg said, "We cannot
authorize transfers. According to the rules under which
capital expenditures were allocated, transfers within capital
expenditure categories aren't possible. We recommend that
the WXYC Board of Directors make up the difference for the
"Exciter" from their general surplus." '
WXYC's general surplus account contains enough funds to
cover the $386 discrepancy. Under this plan money would
not be transferred, but one check would be written for the
generator, drawing funds from two accounts.
In other business, CCC approved Norberg's appointments
of David Bebber, a senior from Asheville, and Alice Clover,
a senior from Charlotte, to the Summer Honor Court
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By LYNNE THOMSON
Chapel Hill may have a new private hospital if the
Hospital Corporation of America can persuade the state
to agree that there is a need for one.
XHCA has obtained an option to buy 30 acres between
Eastown Office Park and Erwin Road to locate the 150
bed facility, if the state grants the certificate of need.
Since the proposed hospital would be built s6lely with
private funds, it would not be obligated to provide free
service to those unable to pay but not qualifying for
Medicare or Medicaid. Many private hospitals have fed
eral government loans requiring them to provide some
service for the needy.
But the HCA's policyjs to accept any patient that a
staff physician declares admissable, and to treat anyone
in the emergency room who requires treatment, said
Richard McCaskill, HCA vice president for planning and
This policy means anyone needing care will get it re
gardless of ability to pay for it, he said.
McCaskill called the dollar value of the care a moral
obligation. He said that HCA would have to calculate
the amount donated to charity.
"We think we meet our moral obligations better than
many facilities fulfill their legal ones," McCaskill said.
The plans for the hospital are being reviewed by the
Capital Health Systems Agency which will make a rec
ommendation to the state on whether to issue a certifi
cate of need, said Roy Greenlaw, CHSA's Director of
The certificate of need is required under the National
Health Planning Resource Development Program, of
which the health systems agency is a part
Chapel Hill pediatrician Dr. Robert Senior served as
president of the Village Medical Society last year when
the proposal for the new hospital surf aced.
"The majority of practicing physicians thought it
would be valuable to have the HCA survey our practice
to see if it is needed," he said.
John Gastineau, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce, said that his organization was
looking at the hospital issue, but would not take a posi-.
tion on it
A current state plan cites Region J, a multi-county area
including Orange County, as having 345 extra hospital
David Ford, HCA director for domestic development
said his company would present more recent population
figures to prove the area's need for another hospital.
Although one study surveying 83 of HCA's hospitals
ranked the majority of them in the top 10 percent na
tionwide for patient-per-day costs, these private hospitals
provide for the needy as well as the wealthy.
Medicare, a federal program providing health care to
the poor, and Medicaid, a Social Security program pro
viding health care for persons receiving other Social
Security benefits including most Americans over 65,
account for more than one-third of HCA's gross income.
That income in 1976 was $506 million, making the firm,
based in Nashville, Tenn., the largest provider of private
health care in the world.
The. HCA operates the Raleigh Community Hospital.
One Raleigh physician who practices there said both the
doctors and the patients seemed to like it better.
"The patients like it because it is small enough to seem
more personal and to do a little hand-caring," he said.
"The doctors like it because the administration does
try to buy whatever we want"
The hospital is not equipped for the "terrible, god
awful things" such as neurosurgery or cancer treatment
he said. "If s more or less the non-spectacular medicine."
He said staff working conditions seemed better, and
that some of the best nurses in town had transfered to
Raleigh Community Hospital even though the salary was
about the same.
Raleigh Community Hospital does take patients who
are unable to pay, he said.
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