Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ashley Madison customers revealed: William B. House, VP and controller on team that revitalized HealthSouth, appears at cheaters' Web site

William and Christine House
The controller and regional vice president for HealthSouth Corporation appears as a paying customer at the Ashley Madison extramarital-affairs Web site.

William B. House has been with HealthSouth since 2005. Before that, he was director of finance at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. House earned a bachelor's degree in management and finance from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Georgia State University.

After going through an accounting scandal in the late 1990s and early 2000s, HealthSouth has emerged again as a major player in rehabilitation medicine. From the company Web site:

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services and through the acquisition of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, an industry leader in home-based patient care. Our priority is to deliver high quality patient care and our team of experts has extensive experience in today’s most advanced therapeutic methods and technologies. HealthSouth leads the way, consistently outperforming peers with a unique, intensive approach to rehabilitation, returning patients to full strength in less than average time.

From the company's Wikipedia page:

HealthSouth Corporation, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the United States' largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. . . . HealthSouth states that its "hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations"; and that subsidiary Encompass "provides a comprehensive range of Medicare-certified home nursing services to adult patients and, in some markets, in-home hospice services and home care services for pediatric patients with severe medical conditions".

HealthSouth was involved in a corporate accounting scandal in which its founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, Richard M. Scrushy, was accused of directing company employees to falsely report grossly exaggerated company earnings in order to meet stockholder expectations.

At the company's height in 2003, it recorded nearly $4.5 billion in revenue, dominated the rehabilitation, surgery and diagnostic services market and employed more than 60,000 people at 2,000 facilities in every state of the U.S. along with its facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia. The company was the largest publicly listed healthcare company in the United States based on the number of locations and . . . revenue.

By mid- to late 2006, HealthSouth, which never had to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, completed its recovery and relisted its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HLS. The company currently operates one division: inpatient rehabilitation. The company formerly operated an outpatient rehabilitation, surgery center and diagnostics division. The company also previously owned and operated several acute care hospitals that specialized in orthopedics, but sold all of those hospitals by 2006. The former outpatient division also operated an occupational medicine division until 2001, when it was sold. HealthSouth also sold its Long-term acute care facilities in May 2011. The long-term hospitals contributed around $200 million in revenue.

Bill House appears to be one of the executives who helped HealthSouth get back on its feet. He is married to Christine M. House, and they live at 1739 Lake Cyrus Club Drive in Hoover -- in a house that has an appraised market value of $502,300.

If House is smart enough to help save HealthSouth, why was he dumb enough to sign up with a scam outfit like Ashley Madison? We wanted to pose that, and other, questions to House, but he has not responded to our queries.


Article with links to 1-40 in Ashley Madison series

(41) David Armistead, director of enterprise sales, TekLinks, Birmingham (10/19/17)


Anonymous said...

Is this the same guy who owns the giant house in Shelby County?

legalschnauzer said...

@2:22 --

I think that is Larry House. He's the House who has the giant house in Shelby County. Bill House is the House who has a more modest house.

Anonymous said...

This House lives in a half-million dollar house, and that's a nice house. Maybe not as nice a house as the other House, but still a real nice house. I wouldn't mind having that house. But my name isn't House.

Anonymous said...

Who knew these accounting-finance guys were such horn dogs?

e.a.f. said...

another public service announcement by L.S. It might be in Mrs. House's best interest to go see her doctor to find out if her husband gave her the gift which keeps on giving.

Anonymous said...

Low blow putting the pic with the daughter on the post. She has done nothing to deserve the shame.

legalschnauzer said...

So you claim the father is shamed? If so, how does his shame get transmitted to his daughter via a photo? What is that process called? I don't recall reading about it science class.

Anonymous said...

God you are obtuse. You don’t think she will feel shame at having her photograph published on your blog with that hit piece? It’s fine to bring shame to him,but why publish a picture of the kid? Nothing but mean spirited.

legalschnauzer said...

I deal in journalism, not metaphysics. I have no way of knowing what a person might "feel" about something. It's a family picture, and she's part of the family. Nothing in the photo or the story suggests she did anything to feel shame about. You bring it up because you have nothing left in your quiver. You can't question the facts of the post, so you concoct something to bitch about. Will the little girl encounter people like you as she grows up? Undoubtedly. In that sense, it's good training for life, which ain't a rose garden.

Anonymous said...

You deal in muckraking. You know damned good and well that the wife and daughter in the photo will be humiliated by its inclusion in the post. Just stop trying to defend what you write as “journalism.” . I bring it up because your intent is to show people in the most negative light. Every story you write is an attempt to tear someone down.

legalschnauzer said...

Calling a journalist a "muckraker" is a compliment. You need to study the history of journalism, so you might know what this term means -- and to whom it was applied

You seem to fancy yourself as the Amazing Kreskin. You know my intent, you know what I think. Wow, what a talented individual. Then you resort to an over broad statement like, "Every story you write . . . " Every story? Really? This is the sign of a small mind at work. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

“Every story” is an accurate statement. Show me one blogpost you have published in the last 6 months where you weren’t tearing somebody down. Show me one story that was positive, and in support of someone and in which you were not trying to tear somebody else down. Show me one story. Just one.

legalschnauzer said...

Oh, I can easily point to hundreds of posts that run contrary to your claim, and I would be glad to produce them for you. First, I need to know the name and contact info for the person who wants this information. I don't take directives from people who don't have the balls to stand up and take responsibility for their own words.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit. You can’t produce so you hide behind trying to call me out so you can try to go do a dumpster dive on me. You choose to be a public figure. I choose to remain private. That is my right, just as it is your right under the 1st Amendment to unmercifully attack people, sometimes with unsubstantiated rumors and lies. Show ONE post in the last six months you posted that was something other than critical of another or wasn’t tearing someone down. I read your blog. Some of what you write I agree with, or mildly disagree. In those instances, I don’t post. When I read something that rubs me the wrong way, I state my opinion and move on. You just can’t walk away from a criticism. Ever.

legalschnauzer said...

Why should I care about criticism that comes from somebody with no name? You have the intellectual heft of cotton candy. I give you an opportunity to be taken seriously, to develop some heft by identifying yourself. But you won't do it. And you can't even come up with a creative excuse, so you pull out the old "dumpster dive" saw.

You've probably heard the term "consider the source." I'm trying to determine the source, to see if there is any heft or legitimacy to the criticism. So far, there clearly isn't, and I don't expect that to change.