Monday, February 10, 2014

Hospital Says Gorge Concertgoers Left With $500,000 Unpaid Bills

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

More than 120 attendees of the 2013 Paradiso Festival landed in the Quincy Valley Medical Center, many suffering symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. - LAUREN BERGESON
  • Lauren Bergeson
  • More than 120 attendees of the 2013 Paradiso Festival landed in the Quincy Valley Medical Center, many suffering symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse.



A Washington hospital says it needs financial help to continue caring for the more than 100 concertgoers who injure themselves or overdose while attending events at the Gorge.


Officials with the Quincy Valley Medical Center said more than 120 people came into their emergency room during the Paradiso Festival in June 2013, many suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and one person died from a methamphetamine overdose. The hospital usually treats about nine to 10 people during a typical weekend.


The Associated Press reports that the hospital is seeking more than $500,000 in financial aid from Gorge operator Live Nation, but the company has not been responsive.


Hospital officials say many of the concertgoers come into the emergency room with false identification, no driver's licenses and no credit cards, resulting in the hospital absorbing up to $500,000 in unpaid bills.


Quincy Valley Medical Center officials said that they are worried the situation will get worse in 2014 when Live Nation increases its season to include two Sasquatch Festivals, in addition to the Paradiso Festival.


Meanwhile, Grant County, Washington officials said there was no legal way for the hospital or county to force Live Nation to contribute to the hospital district.



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