Papers of George Washington in Alderman Library received a special
visitor last week. Washington himself stopped by the office
to peruse his papers.
OK. We cannot tell a lie. It was not really the nations
father, but historical interpreter James Renwick Manship, a
member of Mount Vernons board of visitors, who was in
town for Charlottesvilles annual Thanksgiving festival.
Washington issued his landmark Thanksgiving Proclamation, beginning
the national holiday tradition, in 1789 at the urging of Congress.
Letters and documents written by Washington, as well as correspondence
written to him, will eventually be published in approximately
90 volumes by The Papers of George Washington, a grant-funded
project established at U.Va. in 1969 under the joint auspices
of the University and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association
of the Union. Forty-four volumes are now finished.
For more on the collection, go to http://www.virginia.edu/gwpapers/.
Board: Rework ailing budget
Center officials will rework their budget after a lower-than-expected
tom line in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 and possible red ink
firm numbers were not yet available, it appears that the Health
System lost money in October, Larry Fitzgerald, associate vice president
of finance for the hospital, told the Board of Visitors Health
Affairs Committee at a meeting Nov. 15.
members William H. Goodwin Jr. and Thomas A. Saunders III advised
Fitzgerald that it would be wise to recalculate a more realistic
budget now, in light of the negative numbers.
the quarter that ended in September, the hospital operated at a
$2.3 million margin of revenues over expenses which Fitzgerald
said was not good, being $6.7 million under what had been forecast.
Still, it was better than many similar institutions, hr pointed
out. Patient days were up and net revenues increased compared to
last year, but so did total operating expenses.
blamed a 7 percent drop in admissions to the hospitals turning
away patients earlier in the year because there was no room, producing
a lingering effect on referrals.
expenses for the Medical Center, as of the end of September, were
slightly below budget, but 12.6 percent higher than last year, with
salaries and wages both over budget. Full
the crime dog
catch theft suspect
University Police Department recently honored six U.Va. Health System
employees for their fast thinking when they detained a woman who
was later charged with theft and fraud.
Police spokeswoman Melissa Fielding said the arrest of Gerlene Scott,
19, may clear up between 12 and 20 reported cases of theft around
the Medical Center. Scott, of Cartersville, was charged with two
felony counts of credit card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor
credit card theft. Other charges may be pending.
to Fielding, Scott made a voluntary statement to police on Nov.
13 admitting to multiple thefts, and some physical evidence was
taken from her.
who has no affiliation with the University, is accused of taking
two credit cards from one Medical Center employee and using them
in area stores to purchase gasoline and unspecified automobile parts.
The fraud charges, which will be prosecuted in Albemarle County,
are felonies because the purchases exceeded $1,000. Charlottesville
will prosecute the misdemeanor thefts, since they happened in that
jurisdiction. Full story.