October 10, 1997 in City

Gorge Asked To Foot Some Medical Costs Hospital Says Amphitheater’s Concerts Create Pile Of Unpaid Emergency Room Bills

Associated Press
 

A hospital is asking owners of The Gorge Amphitheater to pay emergency room bills generated by concert patrons last summer.

Quincy Valley Hospital has sent a bill for at least $20,000 in emergency room services, said administrator Arne Seim. The final bill could total $80,000, he said.

Seim said Universal Concerts must realize its shows increase costs for the health care system in the Quincy area, which is near The Gorge.

The concert company pays Grant County for law enforcement and other services, but offers no compensation for health care, he said.

Universal Concerts has not yet responded to the request. Bill Parsons, manager of The Gorge, could not be reached for comment.

“The Gorge is big business in a fairly small community,” Seim said. “It’s good for Grant County and the Quincy area in an economic way, but it also causes some very direct impacts on our services.”

The bill was sent to Universal Concerts in Seattle at the end of September. It included unpaid balances for about half the approximately 40 out-of-town concert patrons treated at the hospital’s emergency room during the Aug. 2 and 3 concerts by the band Phish.

The injuries ranged from car accidents, to drug and alcohol overdoses and broken bones.

Most of the patients did not have insurance or did not leave valid addresses, Seim said.

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