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Wolfe questions if the hospital should be sold

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 9:44 pm News Flash Archive

The community is astir about the suggestion that the city/county hospital be sold. The Horne Group recently issued its report suggesting that if changes aren't made, the Hospital may go bankrupt due to changes in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, poor policy decisions, and demographic issues.

Some people have suggested that the problem is the hospital board and poor leadership. Others have said the hospital should be sold to a private or non-profit corporation. Any changes must be approved by the city council and the board of supervisors.

Rumors have swirled about where the medical staff stands in all this.

This morning, District 1 Supervisor Phil Wolfe sent an open letter to the medical staff, inquiring where the staff as a whole stands on the matter of replacing the board and/or selling the hospital.

In his letter, Wolfe informs the staff that he understands that many doctors oppose the sale of the hospital. He therefore requested that the medical staff approve a resolution to that effect, so that he will have the official position of the medical staff as guidance to oppose the sale.

Furthermore, Mr. Wolfe stated that many doctors have told him that the hospital board is incompetent and needs to be replaced. He therefore requests the staff to adopt a resolution stating which board members need to be replaced, and suggesting names of persons who should replace them.

Wolfe then promises that, should such a resolution be provided to him, he will immediately place an order before the Board of Supervisors to make those requested changes to the hospital board.

Mr. Wolfe provided his letter to members of the media just after lunch today.

Wolfe's letter to the medical staff may be seen here: Wolfe letter to physicians

For complete coverage of these and other hospital milestones, please go here: Taxpayers Channel coverage of Greenwood Leflore Hospital's downfall.

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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