Skooter reporting 09/03/12
Cashectomy a new coined word meaning operated someone’s wallet
Beth Israel Medical Center get the most out of the isolated copper heiress Huguette Clark for more than $13 million in fees, donations and even a precious painting during her 20-year stay as a patient. Insatiable executives fished for $125 million more, her relatives claim shocking new court filings over Clark’s estate.
Based on court papers, the supposed shakedown was explained in an e-mail in which hospital board member and former CEO Dr. Robert Newman described Clark as “the biggest bucks contributing potential we’ve ever had.”
At a certain point, Newman advised Clark that she pay nearly one-third of her estimated $400 million fortune to keep the now-dilapidated Beth Israel North on the Upper East Side open so she could go on living in the room she had rejected to leave for 15 years even though she was in good physical health, the papers assert.
Basing on court documents, instead of dealing with Clark’s crippling anxiety, hospital bigshots played on her fears, engaging in “a concentrated effort, planned at the highest board and executive levels,” to get her money.
Clark died last year at age 104 and her passing away set off a battle over her estate. Lawyer Wallace Bock, accountant Irving Kamsler, private-duty nurse Hadassah Peri and the Beth Israel administrators influenced the frail Clark for her money.
The nurse, who received cash and gifts from Clark set to be left nearly $34 million and Clark’s invaluable doll collection in the now- dubious will. Beth Israel is said to get $1 million.
The Paris-born Clark inherited her money from her father, William, a rail and mining baron and former US senator whose wealth rivaled the Rockefellers’.Bilked by Beth Israel: kin