CHICAGO — Illinois erred in stripping Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana of its property tax exemption over charity-care levels and it should be restored because the hospital treats all patients regardless of their ability to pay, a Provena attorney told the state Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday.
Illinois assistant attorney general Evan Siegel, however, asked the court to affirm an appellate court decision stripping the hospital of its exemption. He said that the level of care is relevant even though the state does not mandate a specific amount. “All the court need do … is decide that 0.7 % of revenue … is not substantial,” Siegel said. He added that “the facts here show they did not provide charity to everyone who needed it.”