The Winsted Health Center, from Winsted Health Center's Facebook page
The Winsted Health Center, from Winsted Health Center's Facebook page
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WINSTED — The state Attorney General’s office is investigating the operations and finances of both the Winsted Health Center and The Winsted Health Center Foundation.
But the extent of the investigation or whether or not the Attorney General will take any action against either entity is unknown.
The nonprofit 501c3 foundation was created in 1997 after the Winsted Memorial Hospital closed in 1996.
That same year the foundation created a separate nonprofit, The Winsted Health Center.
The center itself operates in the old location of the Winsted Memorial Hospital at 115 Spencer Street.
Back in June, George Closson submitted his resignation from the Winsted Health Center Board of Directors and as a Corporator of the Winsted Health Center.
In his resignation letter, Closson, who is currently serving as the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, raised multiple concerns about management, organization, and handling of the center’s finances.
On August 28, Assistant Attorney General Caitlin Calder wrote two separate letters to Douglas Brand, president of both the Winsted Health Center Foundation and the Winsted Health Center.
In both letters, Calder wrote that the office has received “numerous complaints” concerning the governance and management of both organizations.
Calder requested to Brand that he provide information about both entities concerning its operations and finances by September 1.
Elizabeth Benton, Director of Communications for the Attorney General’s Office would not respond when asked for a copy of Brand’s responses.
Meanwhile, The Winsted Phoenix reached out to Brand and asked if he could share his responses to the Attorney General’s Office.
In an email to The Winsted Phoenix, Brand denied the request.
“We are working with the office of the Attorney General and focusing our attention on the future of both organizations,” Brand wrote in his email. “Sharing our response will only invite a parallel review, which could interfere with the review of the office of the Attorney General and distract our organizations from focusing on the health care needs of our community.”
Finances of both organizations
According to the most recent 990 tax Form listed on the ProPublica website, at the end of December 2018, the Winsted Health Center’s total revenue was $596,067. Its total expenses were $586,466, leaving its revenue less expenses at $9,601.
According to the most recent 990 tax form for the Winsted Health Center Foundation, at the end of December 2018, the foundation’s total revenue was $140,140. Its total expenses were $108,351, leaving its revenue less expenses at $31,789.
Charlotte Hungerford services move
Meanwhile, Hartford HealthCare, the affiliate of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, will soon be opening its long-planned medical building on South Main Street.
Representatives from Hartford HealthCare have stated that the building is scheduled to open in January.
When asked about the eventual move of medical services from the Winsted Health Center, Brand would not comment.
“Till we know the exact date that the space will be vacated, it is not practical to make definitive plans for filling it,” Brand wrote via email. “At the appropriate time, we will make every effort to find a tenant who will use that space in a manner that will improve access to health care for our communities.”

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