« Conficker again? And we thought we were done with it. | Main | Swine flu mask »

April 27, 2009


There is also the positive impact the hospital improvements should have on the economy to consider.

Sleepless, if you are undecided, I would like to urge you to attend one of our 3 remaining town hall meetings:

1. Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3011 West Kansas
2. Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m., Golf Course Road Church of Christ, at Golf Course Road and Andrews Hwy
3. Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m., True-Lite Christian Fellowship, 3001 North A

The presentation and the questions and answers afterwards take about an hour and it is well worth your time. You will find that it will help decide the issue for you one way or the other.

I would also like to take this opportunity to correct an incorrect statement on the Citizens FOR the Hospital Bond website. Property taxes are NOT frozen for those over 65 in elections for the city, county, college or hospital. That exemption applies only to the Midland Independent School District bond elections. That will be corrected on the website immediately.

And lastly, Midland County Hospital District has no authority to set the date for elections. The district is given two times a year that it may hold elections, one in May and one in November, and the dates for those elections are selected by the Secretary of State.

Thank you, and I hope you to see you at a town hall meeting.

Rosalind Redfern Grover
Chairman, Campaign for Tomorrow

The Hospital lost $13,000,000 last fiscal year under the same CEO, who fixed the problem by requiring payment be made prior to service (on non emergency and elective surgeries). However, Mr. Meyers fails to mention that this policy went into effect in January of 2008 (roughly) meaning that over half the Fiscal Year was under that new policy. Furthermore, Mr. Meyer along with the Hospital Board chose to solve the problem by requesting the resignation of Larry Sanz, CFO. Interestingly enough this was done AFTER Mr. Sanz worked many overnight sessions to prepare the following year's budget! In fact, the budget that was prepared by Mr. Sanz is being used for this Fiscal Year. So, if he was the problem, why is the budget that he created being used?

Enter Mr. Bowman, who was hired as the new CFO at a tender salary of 180K (with little experience, Why did he leave an Odessa Hospital to become an Assistant Controller?)and tada! the hospital is making money, again. I would conjecture that some "iffy" accouting practices are being used.

In conclusion, during Mr. Meyer's term as CEO he has created many, many new departments in the Hospital, most of which were not revenue generating, but merely introduced more fixed costs to the system.

Also, has any information been given on the outstanding revenue bonds that the Hospital already owes and cannot qualify for more? Revenue bonds are generally used by Hospitals for construction projects because that tax is passed _directly_ to the people using the facility, not the entire tax-base.

I know it is popular to slam local officials, sometimes by name, about finances, but the truth of the matter is few people are fully versed in the hospital's audits and budgets, because they don't post them on the internet for all to see, you actually have to stroll down to the hospital and request them. So, most of these figures that get thrown around are pure conjecture and rumor.

Did the hospital lose money, after a fashion yes, but so have a lot of other health care facilities in the area. Medicare reimbursements to the hospital dropped almost $3 Million over the last fiscal year (look it up at window.state.tx.us "Where the Money Goes") and then there was the increase in labor and energy costs of last summer and a one time baloon payment on an old bond.

Medicare payments and reimbursements have been the center of lots of blown budgets and failing facilities. It was widly reported that medicare collections and reimbursement problems caused Alliance Hospital in Odessa to seek out ORH to purchase them before they went bankrupt.

Personally, I can't really hold the hospital management responsible for the actions of the State and Federal Government and the way they pay.

Maybe the hospital needs to post their budgets and audits and let those of us who know how to intrepret them see what the numbers really say about the mismanagement of the hospital locally, because throwing around "figures" isn't illuminating the issue and providing a basis of facts to make the best decisions for our community.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)