Our hospital administrator has been acting pretty smug at recent public events according to stories going around town.
For a while it looked like he would be publicly admonished by his board for his behavior. It looks like that will not happen now, but then again two of the board members have to be reappointed three months from now and unless our county commissioners pull a fast one those two will be out the door.
Back in April of 2013 our hospital administrator came to the county commissioners with a request for $162 million of bond money to build three new outpatient clinics. Commissioners, ever the fiscal conservatives, only gave him $152 million.
Then just one month later in May of 2013 he told his hospital board that they will need to “repurpose” the money. Actually $29.3 million of the original request was not for new clinics but instead was to be used to remodel floors of the existing hospital–something that should be done with operating funds if the hospital is truly profitable like he claims.
Now word on the street is that he has taken over $20 million of the new money to pay for software for the hospital. The money for the clinics is dwindling especially if you consider the hospitals habit of paying bonuses.
Is our hospital administrator trying to become emperor? Well his name appears to be Italian. He seems to be winning his battles. Then there is the size comparison.
We deserve better