It seems that our county hospital administrator and 60 local physicians have a difference of opinion over what the truth is.
Sixty or so local pediatricians released a letter that you can read here.
The letter was strongly worded and included this statement:
The claim that EPCH (El Paso Children’s Hospital) doctors personally support Mr. Valenti is at best a strategic deception and is more likely plain perjury given that Mr. Valenti was under oath while making this statement.
Wow! You have to wonder how the federal bankruptcy judge will react to the situation. Whether our hospital administrator is charged with perjury or not, it is clear that this group of doctors wants nothing to do with him. The other local hospitals have got to be elated over this. If the county hospital does end up running the children’s hospital it does not look like this group of pediatricians will be using the children’s hospital unless they absolutely have to.
The El Paso Times published a balanced article about the controversy. Included in the article was a link to a portion of a sworn deposition that our county hospital administrator gave. Read it here.
The excerpt included a lot of whining and posturing but this jewel is unbelievable:
What we’re trying to do is allow the Children’s to be under the shelter of the district’s wing — envision a bird’s wing — under the safety and security of the district.
I’m trying to imagine what kind of bird our hospital administrator had in mind. I also can’t imagine that our readers think of the administrator as a benevolent force in this situation.
Our county commissioners must take action here.
We should not let them allow this to continue.
We deserve better