Apparently overwhelmed by the number of votes to be counted in the board takeover attempt of 53-bed Sandwich (Ill.) Community Hospital, investigators decided to delay reporting of the results until next month.
Ballots for an election to take control of the hospital board were received late last month, but the inspectors counting the 2,500 proxies have run into some problems.
One of the three attorneys selected as inspectors, Jeff Krasner of Sandwich, wouldn't say specifically what was causing the delay. "It's a very difficult procedure," Mr. Krasner said.
A physician and an administrator are using an outdated bylaw in the hospital's governance rules in a battle to control its board (July 25, p. 6). The bylaw allows anyone who pays a $5 fee to join the Sandwich Community Hospital Association, which elects the hospital's board.
The final tally had been scheduled for release on Aug. 24, but inspectors said it will now be disclosed on Sept. 14 in Sandwich, which is located about 50 miles west of Chicago.
Meanwhile, officials at the hospital said they have been flooded with calls from around the country from hospitals interested in the issue. The La Jolla, Calif.-based Governance Institute said the possibilities of similar takeover attempts at other hospitals are few since most hospitals long ago realized they could be vulnerable to such efforts.