Young says nonprofit should reduce charges with $76 million.
By Tim Darragh and Ann Wlazelek
Of The Morning Call
A retired Lehigh County judge, who 18 years ago presided over a legal battle over area hospitals' tax exemptions, is calling on governments and community leaders to again demand reforms at Lehigh Valley Hospital in light of its $76 million surplus in 2005.
In a 12-page report sent this week to more than 400 health care, government and business leaders, Judge Robert K. Young called LVH's surplus ''both uncharitable and unacceptable,'' suggested the hospital reduce its charges and called for a public accounting. In lieu of that, Young said, federal, state, county and local elected leaders should consider legislation capping ''excess profits'' for nonprofits or challenging LVH's tax-exempt status.