The Times is at it again, doing what they can to try to influence public opinion to support their chosen ones.
Their recent reporting on the county hospital/children’s hospital has been highlighting deficiencies in the arguments the children’s hospital is trying to make.
Make no mistake, the children’s hospital has gotten into a mess. Their outrageously expensive interim management team is making the mess worse. Unless a white knight swoops in at the last minute it looks like the hospital will fail.
What the Times is not highlighting is how this mess came about. Feel free to add to this list:
- The hospital should never have been built. Numerous studies pointed out that there was little need and the hospital would have little chance of being economically viable.
- Our county leaders decided that they knew better and sold us a bill of goods and a bond issue.
- While the studies predicted failure with a moderately sized facility our county leaders decided to build an even bigger one.
- Near opening day our county leaders played dirty pool and stalled the presentation of contracts between the two hospitals. The leadership of the children’s hospital made a fatal mistake and accepted the contracts so that they could open the doors when they should have insisted on fair contracts. Instead they believed the county pitch “trust me, I’m with the government”.
- Our county officials are charging the children’s hospital close to $10 million per year for rent even though the taxpayers are paying for the building separately through a bond issue.
- Rather than fix the mess when the children’s hospital fell behind on its payments, our county officials waited until the debt was insurmountable thus guaranteeing that the county would gain control.
The county got us into this mess and now we are going to have to pay for it. More on that later.
We deserve better