Monthly Archive for July, 2001

Sex and Drugs at UVa Psych. Ward

UVa Police are investigating allegations of yet more misconduct at the psychiatric ward of the UVa Medical Center. Police say that on July 21st, a visitor provided heroin to a male and a female patient, who shot up in a bathroom and then had sex in a laundry room. The timing couldn’t be worse for the psych. ward, given the problems [1, 2] that they’ve had there in previous months.

Mall Expansion Tax Proposed

WVIR reported this evening that Charlottesville is in the early stages of determining how to fund a proposed expansion of the Downtown Mall. The plan is to expand the Mall all the way to the amphitheatre and extending it down some side streets, much like 3rd Street SE, the expansion that was unwillingly funded by, among others, Michael and Jill Williams of Williams Corner Bookstore. (Now Virginia National Bank.) Though funding for the project is still very much in the exploratory phase, City Councilors Maurice Cox and Blake Caravati both expressed an interest in a business tax being levied on area property owners.

Yet Another Power Plant: Louisa

The never-ending parade of area power plant proposals marches onward. Entergy Wholesale Operations of New Orleans has filed an application with Louisa to build a 1,000-megawatt gas-burning power plant in the county. This is in addition to the four plants already approved in Buckingham, Fluvanna and Louisa. Says Lee Lintecum, Louisa’s county administrator, of the proposal, “We have not found anything negative about it.” Austin Graham has the story in today’s Progress.

Kroger Guard Shoots Employee

43-year-old Kroger security guard Phyllis Lamb accidentally shot an employee last night. Lamb, who works at the Barracks Road Kroger, approached three employees and offered to show them a .45 round. After removing a bullet from the chamber, she attempted to put the safety on, but accidentally fired the gun. 34-year-old employee Robert Miller was shot in the hand, and was treated at the UVa hospital for severe damage to his pinky and his right thumb. WINA has the story.

UVa Sells QualChoice

The University of Virginia has sold their HMO, QualChoice of Virginia to Coventry Health Care in Bethesda, MD for $12.5M. Coventry provides coverage in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Lousiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. UVa’s CEO Leonard Sandridge told WINA that running QualChoice had become a distraction. A condition of the sale is that Coventry Health Care will have a five-year contract with UVa. Hopefully, this won’t result in UVa being in a similar situation in 2006 to Stanford’s current situation.