VMTwatch.org looks at the controversial healthcare businesses run by D.C. contractor Solanges Vivens and is part of an effort to stop VMT’s misuse of public funds and improve the care it offers District residents. Read more

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Vivens Grilled at Special Council Hearing

VMT CEO questioned about millions in misused D.C. funds

There was excitement inside and outside D.C. City Hall on Monday as nursing home contractor Solanges Vivens was brought before a special hearing to testify about serious problems with finances and care at facilities she’s run for the District.

While council members grilled Vivens up on the fourth floor, workers at the Vivens-run J.B. Johnson nursing home rallied on the building’s steps with a broad coalition of labor and community supporters. The J.B. Johnson workers voted 165-0 to unite in 1199SEIU in February 2010, but have been denied a fair contract by Vivens ever since.

“This isn’t just a fight for a contract at one nursing home,” said Jos Williams, President of the Metro Washington Labor Council “This is a fight for working people everywhere, and when we work together no one can stop us.” Williams was flanked as he spoke by representatives from the Teamsters, SEIU 32BJ, IBEW, AFSCME, AFT, the Ironworkers, UNITE HERE, and OUR DC, the community-labor grassroots group.

The special hearing was called by the District Committee on Aging and Community Affairs soon after the D.C. Inspector General released an explosive report about VMT in September. The report found that Solanges Vivens’ company, VMT, was responsible for losing the District $2.7 million and urged the city to recoup the funds.

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Special Hearing to Probe D.C. Healthcare Contractor Found to Have Misused Millions in District Funds

WASHINGTON – A small D.C. healthcare contractor that paid its CEO $1.8 million in one year will be the subject of a special city council hearing today at 2 p.m. A press conference about problems with the contractor, VMT Long Term Care Management, will follow at 3:30 p.m.

An explosive new report from the D.C. Inspector General finds that VMT — which runs a D.C.-owned nursing home and relies heavily on city funding — was responsible for the city losing $2.7 million and calls on the District government to recoup the money.

It was in 2008 that VMT paid CEO Solanges Vivens $1.8 million. That year, the small contractor’s total revenues — not profit, but revenues — were just $8.1 million. And from 2004 to 2008, VMT paid Vivens, who is the company’s sole shareholder, a total of $3.5 million.

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Controversial D.C. Contractor VMT Facing Scrutiny Online & On the Street

WASHINGTON – VMT Long Term Care Management, a controversial D.C. contractor that operates multiple healthcare businesses, is facing serious scrutiny today both online and on the street.

VMTwatch.org went live today with a comprehensive look at the problems at VMT, which manages a D.C.-owned nursing home, runs a publicly funded home healthcare agency, and operates a troubled education center in the District. Controversies exposed by VMTwatch.org include:

  • The D.C. Inspector General found that VMT wrongly spent more than $120,000 in public funds while managing the Washington Center for Aging Services, a city-owned nursing home that VMT managed until losing the contract in 2010.
  • The D.C. government has ordered VMT to return the $120,000, but it has refused and is pursuing an appeal that could drag on till at least 2012.
  • The U.S. Labor Department determined in December 2009 that VMT wrongly withheld $1.7 million in health and welfare benefits from nearly 500 workers at the Washington Center for Aging Services.

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