A helpful reader sent us a copy of the information technology contract between our county hospital and the children’s hospital.
The copy we received represented the time period from the opening of the hospital to September 30, 3014. We don’t know if the contract was extended after that.
Along with the contract he sent a copy of a July 14, 2014 report titled “El Paso Children’s Hospital IT Cost Review and Recommendations” performed by (you guessed it) an out of town company.
The report makes many recommendations to change the contract. The summary view of the financial situation was that the children’s hospital was paying over $7.2 million a year to the county hospital for information technology. Of the $7.2 million nearly $2.6 million was to pay the county hospital for the information technology portion of the bonds that the taxpayers are already paying for.
The report recommends that instead of paying $7.2 million each year the children’s hospital should have been paying $5.5 million if somehow someone somewhere could justify the children’s hospital paying the bond costs.
Without the bond costs and with what the report writers considered to be the appropriate level of spending for a hospital of that size the report suggested that the annual bill should have been $2.7 million instead of $7.2 million.
Taking candy from babies.
We deserve better