Calhoun Liberty Hospital is asking the community for help paying off debt.
The hospital owes $180 thousand in fines from the Agency for Health Care Administration. The agency cited multiple violations after a woman was improperly discharged and died in the hospital’s parking lot last year. Hospital Board Chairwoman Ruth Attaway says the community has already reached out to help.
“We have already had a good response, basically, from the community, stating that, ‘Here I am. I want to help.’ They’ve come to the hospital, people have, and said, ‘Look, could I buy a ‘day of grace?’ and they’ve paid us $500,” Attaway says.
The “Days of Grace” fundraiser represents the 22 days during which the hospital was fined $500 a day. Attaway says so far the project has raised $9 thousand.