New Chapter 9 Filing - The Kennewick Public Hospital District

The Kennewick Public Hospital District (aka Trios Health)

  • 6/30/17 Recap: Now this is a different kind of healthcare bankruptcy filing. The District, which does business as Trios Health, was established in Benton County Washington by state statute in 1948 and is governed by a seven-member publicly-elected Board of Commissioners; it is one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in Eastern Washington comprised of 2 hospitals and 10 urgent/outpatient care centers. To "remain competitive and retain market share," the District expanded and invested in improvements. This included a new hospital facility in a "relatively affluent" area, as well as the construction of complementary medical office space. This was all state-of-the-art. Which of course costs a boatload of dough (see capital structure info below). And so the Board issued revenue bonds secured by gross revenues and a subsequent bond secured by taxes. Of course, all of the foregoing was predicated upon a feasibility study that baked in revenue projections. And counted on revenue from HMO and PPO plans offered by Group Health. Want to guess how that all played out? Well, let us tell you. The projections were inflated. Shocker right? To be fair, the District's competitor, Kadlec, negotiated for the exclusion of the District from the Group Health Plans; it also opened a competitive emergency room nearby. So revenues failed to live up to expectations while secured obligations lived up to expectations. Creditors weren't happy and the District felt forced into action. Hence, Chapter 9. 
  • Jurisdiction: E.D. of Washington (Corbit)
  • Capital Structure: see below.     
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Foster Pepper PLLC (Jack Cullen, Bryan Glover, Andy Morton, Ella Vincent)
    • Claims Agent: Garden City Group LLC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
      • Legal: Arent Fox LLP (Andrew Silfen, George Angelich, Jordana Renert) & (local) Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. (Bradley Duncan, Josh Rataezyk)
    • Creditor: Kennewick Holdings LLC
      • Legal: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Jeffrey Krause, Matthew Kelsey, Jason Goldstein) & (local) Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (Ragan Powers, Hugh McCullough)
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Updated 10/5/17