While visiting Homer this week, I read with great interest Charlie Franz's comments about Mayor Williams now having an "excellent piece of ammunition to support his position that our management team is incompetent." This stems from Mr Franz's self-professed error in not obtaining a valid Certificate of Need (CON) for the construction of the hospital expansion as required by state law. Mr Franz is not correct. It is not his team that is incompetent, but Mr. Franz himself.
Among other highly qualified managers with decades of experience, my wife, Debbie, who served SPH and the public for 30 years (most recently as the executive assistant to Mr. Franz), and myself, a former director of contracting for the Alaska Air Command, were let go by Mr. Franz as a cost saving measure in 2001, thereby diminishing the leadership "team" at SPH.
Upon our return to Homer, we stopped by to visit our good friends at the hospital. As we drove up, we noticed Mr. Franz wandering through the parking lot, ostensibly searching for that missing Certificate of Need.
Best wishes to Mayor Williams in removing the chauvinistic source of incompetence that has too long ruled South Peninsula Hospital through the "good old boy" system. Mayor Williams, act now.
Pagosa Springs, Colo.
(former purchasing manager, SPH)
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