I actually went out and bought a copy of yesterday’s El Paso Times because I could not believe what I was hearing that they had reported.
Their article told us that our county hospital has given the children’s hospital an ultimatum–accept our new offer by Friday or we will stop providing administrative services.
The county hospital provides administrative support to the children’s hospital through 33 staff members. Those staff members will evidently be reassigned to duties at the county hospital if the children’s hospital does not accept the current offer.
The paper goes on to tell us “The elimination of the services will not have a direct impact on patient care at Children’s Hospital, he said”.
That is simply not true. According to the article, payroll and information technology are two of the services being performed by county hospital employees. Not keeping the patient records systems running will affect patient care. Not paying the children’s hospital employees will affect patient care as employees will have to quit and find a paycheck elsewhere.
The 33 employees do not need to worry about their jobs according to the paper. Evidently the county hospital is committing to using them to perform other functions.
Either the 33 employees are needed at the children’s hospital or they are not. If they are not then why are they being charged to the children’s hospital?
They certainly are not needed at the county hospital and we should not pay for them there.
Further, the article tells us “UMC officials have said the medical center loses about $33,000 a day on administrative contractual services that Children’s Hospital hasn’t paid. Wow, 33 employees, $33,000 a day.
No one has ever explained why after the county voters agreed to spend $120 million to build the children’s hospital building the children’s hospital has to pay rent to the county hospital.
Talk about taking candy from a baby.
We deserve better