I’m not siding with either our county hospital or the children’s hospital on this debt situation.

Both have performed miserably and have let the taxpayers down.

We did get a glimpse of the one-sided nature of the discussions the other day.

Evidently the folks at our county hospital made their “final” offer Thursday afternoon.  They gave the children’s hospital until 5 p.m. that same afternoon to respond.  That was generous of them.

Someone must have squawked because that deadline was extended to 10 a.m. the next morning.  That still gave the people at children’s less than 24 hours to make a decision.

Children’s evidently made a counteroffer Friday.

The Times reported that the county then decided to take a few days to think about the situation:

Citing progress, County Judge Veronica Escobar said county officials and the UMC board are going to take until Monday morning to consider the most recent draft of the agreement.

Children’s was told that it needed to respond within a few hours.  Our county officials got a few days.

This lends credence to children’s argument that they have historically received demands from the county hospital with no time to react differently.

We deserve better


8 Responses to One-sided

  1. Helen Marshall says:

    And for all this, major bonuses are awarded at UMC. How exactly doctors and other staff at the new neighborhood clinics earn their bonuses is not explained – is this more of a bribe program to keep them here? The County Attorney tells us that the bonuses cannot be voted on separately – why?

    Not a single word in the reporting about the views of the doctors working in EPCHC or the patients’ families. How many of the doctors will find other places to work if Valenti and crew take control? Or will they be retained by bonus payments? At what point does this shell game end?



  2. Reality Checker says:

    If you consider that EPCH only occupies four or five floors of the 10-story building that was built with children’s hospital bond money, you begin to realize the level of UMC’s greed. UMC is charge EPCH more than $10,000,000 in annual rent, which works out to about $46 per square foot annually for the 225,000 square feet occupied by EPCH. Compare that to $23 per foot for medical space in Houston.

    So UMC built the EPCH building with dollars earmarked for a children’s hospital and is now having EPCH pay for the entire building, despite the fact that EPCH occupies half the building or less. UMC of course doesn’t have to pay rent for the half of the EPCH building that it occupies.

    Why is it that both our county officials and the media refuse to dig into the lease rates and service fees UMC has been charging?

    Why is the county refusing to share publicly the details of both sides’ offers and counter offers?


    • Haiduc says:

      Greed not correction…the original Women’s and Children’s tower was to be only 5 or 6 floors and the additional Chirldren’s floor was the second bond


  3. Reality Checker says:

    When UMC was putting together its plan for all the ways it was going to suck money out of EPCH, it forgot a couple of important business principle that even farmers know: You can shear a sheep many times, but you can slaughter it only once.


  4. Haiduc says:

    One sided YES !..The “negotiations” have been going on for two years and yet EPCH can not say we surrender for the benefit of their hospital and the community…duh


    • voter says:

      A “surrender” is not in the best interest of the community. A “surrender” means letting Valenti take charge. The pediatric specialists will not work for Valenti. (Neither would I.) Just because Escobar et al are on the side of UMC does not mean they are making a decision for the benefit of the community.


      • Reality Checker says:

        Thank you. Haiduc lives in Valentiworld. UMC management act as though they are successful, free market, private sector geniuses, when in realitiy they wouldn’t survive without taxpayers funding their bad ideas and subsidizing their ongoing operations and their losses.


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