Hospital has lost sight of original purpose

Area residents might do well to remember that the current hospital-versus-docs fiasco is being brought to us by the same folks who concocted the need to sell the hospital — CPGH Inc. What has happened that after years and years of working hand-in-glove with area physicians, our hospital’s management has now put our docs in a position where they feel the need for their own facility?

CPH was initially conceived and implemented as a social instrument, as a place for area docs to ply their trade to the benefit of area residents. But all such social instruments inevitably become institutions with a life of their own, no longer serving the purpose for which they were originally implemented, but rather intent on perpetuating the bureaucratized institution they have become.

And here we are. From a facility aimed at providing area docs the means to do what doctors do, CPGH Inc. has maneuvered CPH into competition with area physicians. Whatever the outcome of the current issue, our hospital needs a new system of oversight. CPGH Inc. should be dissolved and a new board put in its place, and membership of the new board should be an elected position. It’s my opinion that Inc. is not answerable to the public it is supposed to serve. Instead, Inc. is preoccupied with the perpetuation of CPH as bureaucracy in competition with area physicians.

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