An audit revealed the theft, according to a report filed Tuesday with the Cartersville Police Department. In the report, BHA Chair Hugh Lee Burger said the organization just went through an audit and found the approximate amount had been stolen.
No suspects were named in the incident report.
Cynthia Wainscott, speaking for the health care organization, said CPD would be continuing the investigation and the matter was “out of our hands.” BHA will continue to provide care to the underinsured and uninsured, she said.
“We are intending to provide services without a break,” she said.
Two years ago, BHA opened its 5,000-square-foot permanent location at 31 Pointe North Drive, which was the third location for the organization, according to an article in The Daily Tribune News.
Founded January 2008, BHA has since transitioned from a referral center to a primary care facility. Following a renovation in June 2013, the organization added 10 additional exam rooms, medical dispensary, nursing station, laboratory, community health education space and behavioral health rooms.
“Our goal is to treat people with dignity and respect and to provide them with high quality care regardless of their ability to pay. ... We’re very thankful to the 55 founding physicians that agreed to be part of the referral network,” former Executive Director Roberta Green said in 2012. “So that tells you already that the community, especially the health care community, is involved and that they love it. ... So somebody doesn’t have to come get a referral and then take another day off of work to go to the doctor and then take another day off to come back to get their medication or [take] time off. They will be able to come to one place.”
Wainscott said the BHA board intends for the clinic to offer care throughout the investigation.
“The board of directors is totally committed to providing health care to the people in Bartow County who don’t have access to it, and it’s a huge need. We feel a solemn obligation to continue doing that,” she said.