What happened to women and children first?

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


6 Responses to What happened to women and children first?

  1. […] independent consultant “suggested that the annual bill should have been $2.7 million” (https://elpasospeak.com/2015/10/27/what-happened-to-women-and-children-first/).  That’s an ANNUAL overage of $4.5 million multiply that by 3 years and you get $13.5 […]


  2. Reality Checker says:

    In its inimitable style, the county is running up big legal bills to try to keep the EPCH restructuring consultants and lawyers from collecting fees for the work they are doing. The county doesn’t have a problem with running up legal bills as long as it is their firms and friends who get the money. The county was also never concerned about the massive, questionable fees UMC was charging EPCH. There is no shortage of hypocrisy.


  3. Women and Children First says:

    Deputy, good point, however how do you think the outside consultants get the call ? Connections !

    A thought appeared to me that I would like to share with you. When the hospital story broke, everyone was pointing fingers and disavowing any knowledge. I pictured the Titanic going down, the commissioners wearing women’s clothes and scarves to get a seat on the life boat. Except her majesty, she simply strutted to the front of the line and demanded to be seated.

    Sigh, I feel better.


  4. Jerry K says:

    In town means that you had better come up with the conclusion they already had in mind if you expect to get more work.


  5. Deputy Dawg has a valid point. Unfortunately, we have too many “family” contacts in our local culture, and it is well established in this town that it is not what you know, but who you know that matters. That said, I find it curious that so much money was needed for IT for one hospital. I’d be interested in seeing just what was delivered for all those millions


  6. Deputy Dawg says:

    Actually, I don’t think that an “out of town consultant” is necessarily, or automatically bad. Most of the “in town consultants” have some kind of political connection, family connection, or used to work for connection, making them, in my opinion, unless, unless you just want them to parrot your position. Out of town consultants, IF they are not connected to someone or some local entity, bring at least the position of non bias before beginning a study.


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