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Hospital has lost sight of original purpose

Posted: January 19, 2012 - 9:41am

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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Allen 01/19/12 - 01:44 pm

John Nelson's comments are just nonsense. I certainly didn't vote to build the hospital or for the bonds to expand it in order to give area doctors their own little doll house to play with.

I expect the Hospital board and Hospital employees to have a collaborative relationship with the doctors and other health care providers that have privileges there, but at arms length, as doctors in the for-profit medicine business have their own selfish financial interests as their first priority, whereas the local Hospital board should have the interests of the local residents as their first priority. This is shown by these doctors who want their own facility - follow the money!

The people that volunteer on the local Hospital board are well respected local residents with years of business, government and other experience, such as Rick Ross, Sal Mattero, etc. Would elected board members be better? No. All elected board members would do is add another layer of politics onto the Hospital, and we the residents and taxpayers cannot afford this in today's health care environment.

Carver 01/19/12 - 05:11 pm
Agree to disagree . . .


Thank you for your opinion—we'll simply have to agree to disagree.

For the record, though, CPH was built in order to give physicians a place to work and ply their trade.

Second, you mention money and "selfish financial interests," but so far all such unsubstantiated accusations and preoccupation with money are coming from the hospital's position and its supporters.

Finally, yes, CPGH Inc. members are indeed "well-respected, local residents," but that does not alter the fact that Inc. is a self-appointing board not answerable to the public as is, say, the elected board of Homer Electric. Self-appointed boards run the risk of becoming enamored of the people they hire as was blatantly obvious when Inc., along with CPH administration, tried to foist on area residents the sale of CPH to outside interests. CPGH Inc. was miles out of touch with the public on that question.

All I'm suggesting is that the board that oversees CPH should become an elected board, answerable to area voters, and thus protected from too much influence by current CPH administration.

Thanks again for your comments.

RaySouthwell 01/21/12 - 08:48 pm

Please define “collaborative relationship.”

I worked at CPH from 2003 until my unjust firing in October 2010. In 2006 the “collaborative relationship” changed to a dictator relationship. Perhaps, if I get my day in Court you will come to the trial and hear the evidence presented.

The surgeons desire to control their practices is just another example of the dictator relationship from the Corporate Board.

How much hands on experience, in patient care, does the hospital INC board have? Why do they continue to lose their Physician Board members?

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