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12/6/2012 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Let's get bids on hospital services and then make a decision

The recent hullabaloo over contracting out transportation and surgical services at Palo Verde Hospital is looking more and more as though people and businesses are looking out for themselves instead the community.

Taxpayers deserve to get the best services for the least amount of money, and the people who oversee local government need to shop for those services, be it the hospital, City Hall or the school district.

When people with a business interest start disrupting public meetings and file lawsuits to keep a government agency from finding the best deal for the taxpayer, that's a disservice to the working men and women who expect their tax dollars to buy them the best possible service.

What's the harm in looking for a better deal and why would that cause of so much bad blood and fighting in the community?

One would expect people to fight for the best, most affordable service, not just to hand over a contract to friends or business associates so they can live well.

The behavior of some members of our community who

seem willing to go to any length to avoid having to compete with others to serve Palo Verde Valley residents is nothing short of appalling.

This is America and in this great country, free enterprise is fundamental to our democracy. If you have a better product or service, the customers will flock to you. If someone can provide the same product or service for less, you'd better rethink your business strategy.

But going to court to prevent a better,lower-priced products from entering the market place is not in the best interest of local consumers and taxpayers.

The people who try to squelch competition deserve a close look and cold shoulder from people seeking the best deal.

Again, Palo Verde Hospital has an obligation to taxpayers

to seek out the best services at the least cost.

If those currently serving the community prove through competitive bidding to be best for the job, then so be it. But the customers will never know unless the people serving them can shop around, the same as everyone of us does when making personal purchases.

While one segment of our population seems to thrive on lawsuits, controversy and making circuses of local board meetings to protect their incomes, most of us find the whole drama to be distasteful.

Shop 'til you drop is our suggestion.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Article comment by: @Just Curious

You must be new to Blythe. This is the way they work - under cover, after dark, behind closed doors. They put on a good show of really caring about Blythe and the hospital, and, they have found that, by telling people a lie often enough, for long enough, the people wind up assuming it is the truth. Obama works the same way. Yes, it is a waste of much needed money, but I am sure they have a delicious-sounding euphemism for it. The post office needs the money the hospital has plenty of it, I guess. You won't get anybody to squeal as to who did it, because they are all in the same pocket. Except Quitty and Cat. And the CEO, when we have one.

Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Article comment by: Just Curious

I have been receiving these cardboard letters in my mail that have the hospital logo on them. The first one looked like a "Thank you" from new board members and had derogatory remarks regarding outgoing board. I recently received another one, and in lieu of the recent news of financial woes, I had to wonder who was spending all of this money to propagandize the community. When I called the Palo Verde Hospital to see how they could afford printing and distribution of such a letter,lo and behold they knew nothing of it! In an attempt to look further, I looked up MEC on google. I actually thought the MEC was a nationwide governing group for hospitals everywhere, instead it is more of the same, just another local group of experts pretending to know what is best. The author of this cardboard letter obviously wants to remain anonymous and hides behind the Palo Verde Hospital logo for some reason. Why not put your own name to it instead of going under the guise that Palo Verde Hospital is sanctioning your words?

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So why do a lot of you people have your knickers in a bunch? When it's for the best for the Hospital to look for services from other companies or doctors. When competition helps bring prices lower, when business or doctors have to bid for jobs. Think about it. If all have to bid on these services, then these businesses and doctors here will have to place a lower bid to keep the contracts. This will be a savings for the people here. So what happens if these business and doctors place a lower bid than the people from out of town. Does that mean that they will perform at a lower level of service to the community? So if some of you people want higher prices then that means you people will benefit from it.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: just me@craig wiita

Set traps.Could be more than west Niles.I know I am praying I don't have to go to the hospital.If one does have to go to the hospital might be wise to leave and take a clorox shower

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Craig Wiita

Palo Verde Hospital is rated the 3rd worst hospital in the United States. Here's the link http://news.health.com/2012/12/02/25-worst-hospitals-in-the-u-s-is-yours-on-the-list/
The real question is how do we get off of this list?

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: AT @ at blythe haters

Hudson's 10 thousand buy at the fair (deleted) was never approved in an open board meeting. I know I researched it when it happened.
The CEO's salary although high was approved and is legal.

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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Karma

Lets just make sure the Fraud suit against Dr. Sahlolbei comes its final conclusion in Court. If he did nothing wrong he will win if he did commit fraud he will lose.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Stats Star

The stats Iím providing are in the PVH website. At the end of fiscal year 2011/2012
Patient Service Revenue 80,979,022
less Contract allowances (47,681,184)
Bad Debt (3,679,918)
Charity (2,938,344)
Total Operating Revenue 26,985,695
Total Operating Expenses 27,844,746
Difference 859,051
Salaries and wages 11,756,309
Benefits 2,480,347
Contract Labor 2,365,794
Physician Fees 2,557,991
Professional Fees Non Medical 267,944
Other Operating Expenses 8,416,361

Our hospital was at a year-end loss of $859,051. $19,428,385 of $27,844,746 operating expenses went towards labor and benefits. 160 employees support their families.

Instead of focusing on how much the CEO makes one should focus on how the hospital will continue to operate with so much abuse of power going forward. Can one Drís control support these employees?

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: @ at blythe haters

Let's compare here: Sandy spent something like 5 to 10 thousand dollars one year at the fair. The last board paid a CEO, that obviously is not getting the job done, 477 thousand a year and gave him a contract that he can renew for as long as he wants. If the board decides to get rid of him it will cost a full years pay to do so. The last board has also spent a ton of money on attorney fees and private investigators while the hospital was losing money hand over fist. You tell me who of the two is really guilty of wasting money?

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: AT: Blythe Haters

Wasterfull spending lets see how many fair animals Sandy buys this time at the fair

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Ashamed to tell

I must admit that I voted for Mike Evans and Catalina McClain and I now want to say I am sorry for helping put these 2 into office. (deleted)

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Wants to Know

Who is in charge of infection control at the hospital? Would not want to be that person.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Haters

OMG, you do not get to be rated like this is unless your Board is blind and your CEO is MIA. We have hope now that Trina & Sandie are on the board. This foolishness and wasteful spending reminds me of the college. (deleted)

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Sorry job (deleted)

If you read the article you will see the issues that they are discussing are all nursing issues. Let's be fair folks. These are not Doctor failings they are the CEO and who every is in charge of the nursing staff showing very poor manangement skills. Hard to manage when you are not there, isn't it?

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: This is Great

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