Editorial content. Content posted here may or may not reflect the opinions of the Beat. They reflect the opinions of the author.
This letter is an attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding the hospital issue. By state statute, the Board of Trustees of Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is not accountable to any entity, including the Grant County Board of Commissioners (GCBOC). The lack of a path for accountability and transparency is worsened by the New Mexico Open Meetings Act, which does not require hospitals to conduct their business in public. Under New Mexico’s Hospital Funding Act, the Commission appoints trustees, but the Act specifies that, “after their appointment, none of the members of the hospital governing board shall be removed except for cause specified in a written charge and after full public hearing on the charge.” In effect, the Commission has no recourse to address mismanagement – even when it threatens to bankrupt the hospital – other than to consider changing the ownership structure of the hospital.
The Commission instigated a partnership evaluation process primarily due to four major issues, 1) ever shrinking days of cash on hand, 2) the mill levy not passing, 3) how the cancer center issue was handled and 4) the amount of money it cost and is still costing to properly implement Meditech (electronic medical record system).
Zach Taylor's July 8 "Keeping you in the loop" edition of his Immigration Matters column in the Grant County Beat requires rebuttal.
I understand Mr. Taylor is a retired Border Patrol officer. I thank him for his service to our country in that capacity. However, I think columns like this are a disservice to the cause of civil and enlightened commentary of public matters.
His ending statement is perhaps the one I agree with most: "Of course that view depends on the objectivity of the reporter as much as anything else these days."
Most rural hospitals in New Mexico have been leased or sold to for profit institutions some years previously. The present board of trustees have made some mistakes in the financial and professional management of the hospital which has resulted in the current financial difficulty. This has happened before.
When I was on the hospital board, about twenty years ago, we made some of the same mistakes and had some financial issues, but not as serious as the hospital has had recently. There is a new Chief Executive Officer and a new Chief Financial Officer. I understand the new CFO has a very good background in the management of the financial aspects of hospitals.
The Mimbres Valley Health Action League is a federal 501c3 organization founded over ten ( 10 ) years ago with the purpose of working to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for the people in the Mimbres region. We recognize that a year ago, the situation regarding our hospital was very different from today. To that end, we are writing to express our support for our hospital remaining an independent entity that offers quality healthcare to all of us based on the following facts.
Gila Regional Medical center finally has the administrative team in place that has driven the necessary changes. We know these things to be true:
When something gets sold, generally the seller gets paid. Yet there has been no transparency about what payment will be made to Grant County if they decide to sell the hospital. Nor has there been discussion of how any money would be used. Would the payout be used for improvement of the health of the public? Do the Commissioners plan a physical project?
I am on record as being against the sale of the hospital to a for-profit entity. In my 50 years as a Registered Nurse, I have worked for both for-profit and non-profit hospitals. While GRMC belongs to us, we can assume that decisions will be made for the benefit of Grant and surrounding counties. No such assurance can be made if it is privately owned. LifePoint, the most frequently mentioned suitor, is a holding company, not a medical administrationcompany, so we would be presumably handed off to a subsidiary, about which the public knows nothing. By the way, googling LifePoint brought me to a poorly functioning website, and a financial advisor's assessment that this company has the fastest decline in stock price of it's comparable group. I don't find either reassuring.
There is no reason to sell the hospital now that it is pulling itself out of the financial slump. The citizens of Silver City have made it clear that they do not want the hospital to be put in to the hands of others. We should not be penalized for the huge mistakes made by previous executives who ran the finances and direction of our great, independent institution.
Susan Walsh, RN
Surgical Services Staff Nurse
Gila Regional Medical Center
Unless members of Congress take action, authority for the National Flood Insurance Program will expire July 31.
We can't let that happen. While NFIP isn't a household name, it is a critical tool to help protect homeowners and ensure access to affordable flood insurance across the country.
Hello GC Beat Editor,
Personally I would like to see our hospital remain community owned, if it can be run profitably and efficiently . When an outside entity, who’s not familiar with our area, takes over we may lose the personal touch that is so important when dealing with the local environment.I have not had to use Gila Regional much, however when I have the service has been excellent and I feel we should be very thankful we have such a great facility so close.
Sincerely LR Williams
Mary Alice tried out a different format for reporting the lengthy County Commission preliminary budget hearing. Instead of traditional narrative sentences, to do it more quickly and efficiently, she put the name of each speaker before a paraphrased version of their comments. Questions were not necessarily asked by the speaker, but they were answered by the one replying. Please let email@example.com know if you love, hate or are indifferent about the format. It may lead to how some reports are written henceforth in order to get them out in a more timely manner.
Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave. And doing everything that happened after she got back! Working on it
Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.
Classifieds: Check periodically to see if any news ones have popped up. Welcome to our new version of classified ads. We invite you our readers to post your own classifieds, which are available for viewing 24/7 and are very reasonable in price, because you do all the work yourselves. A recent classified for a van brought a sale within two days. It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!
Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know your feelings on this issue.
Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.
New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions include one about end of life options, Compassionate Care.
The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!
All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.
NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat
Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.
Newsletter: If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.
Feel free to notify email@example.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.
Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com