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Is CPH a community hospital or for-profit corporation?

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

As I sat listening during the Hospital Service Board meeting last week the light bulb went on. Central Peninsula Hospital is a business. As a corporation it is a great success. During the meeting, the new Service Board members, Hospital Incorporation Board President and a representative from the Borough Assembly continued to give senior management multiple "attaboys" for their great financial success.

I thought I worked at a community hospital. I thought the community would care about the management style at CPH. It's about the money, I finally understand. The Assembly and Boards reflect who we are as a community. They have spoken; the hospital is in the "black" with the expectation that no further taxes will be needed in 2011 and beyond.

I now grasp the concept; I work for a corporation not a hospital. I can handle that. It's not Central Peninsula Hospital; it is Central Peninsula Corporation. I will salute sharply, obey and pray we stay safe from the fear and injustice generated.

Ray Southwell, RN

"Central Peninsula Corporation" nurse



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