Hospital board needs public oversight

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In April 2009 I spoke before the Kenai Borough Assembly as a "whistleblower" at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH). I continue in that role. Today, my employment is threatened by continuing to expose the management style at the hospital.

American Capitalism is the best financial system for economic success in Alaska. China understands and is experimenting with capitalism. Free market capitalism is the best form of checks and balances that our national founders understood.

Central Peninsula Hospital is a monopoly. With Alaska's current statute Title 18, Chapter 07 Section 31 "certificate of need required," CPH has no competition and will never have any. Under capitalism, monopolies are accepted if they fall under some public or governmental oversight. Currently the Hospital Service Area Board and Assembly are the publicly elected oversight for the hospital. The non-public self appointed hospital incorporation board is aloof and almost impossible to contact. Try to find their mailing address. Employees are not allowed to e-mail most of the corporation board and must receive permission from the CEO before bringing any issue to the corporate board.

I am disappointed how the assembly has ignored the management style at CPH. It is however the "check and balance" for the monopoly of CPH and allows me to continue to expose the management style of the hospital.

I am opposed to the change in governance of CPH unless the certificate of need statute is repealed and competition is allowed. Competition may and I repeat may increase health care costs in the community but it is the best form of checks and balances to change the management style of CPH.

Please contact our elected Hospital Service Area Board and Assembly members. Ask them to consider what they are doing to our community by relinquishing their oversight of the corporate monopoly called Central Peninsula Hospital.

Ray Southwell, RN; Nikiski



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