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10/11/2012 5:00:00 PM
HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTION: Hudson claims hospital is losing millions

Marty Bachman

BLYTHE - Sandy Hudson served on the Palo Verde Healthcare District Board from 2008 to 2010, until she was defeated in the November 2010 election. According to Hudson, the hospital was $10 million in the black when she was voted out of office and was about to order a new X-ray machine to replace one that is today, 40 years old.

"I am gravely concerned about the direction (the hospital) it's going," Hudson said. "The loss of $5 million in less than two years."

Hudson didn't produce financial records to support her claim and stated that the September figures had yet to be released. She said that the loss of the prison business was due to the hospital not responding to their needs.

"There's only one reason they're not releasing the September financials," Hudson said. "They're not favorable."

Hudson said there was a lack of confidence in the community with the hospital and that residents were not happy with care in the emergency room.

"They talk about it a lot," she said. "The wait times... just people complain all day long."

Hudson said that emergency room personnel were not receptive to patient needs and that quality care was suffering. She was also critical of the dated equipment, including the X-ray machine, which she said makes it hard for doctors to make a diagnosis. She said that the board was about to approve new X-ray equipment just prior to her leaving the board. She said that without any corporate sponsor, as the hospital has operated under in the past, there were no longer any deep pockets to keep the facility open, which forces it now to stand up on its own.

"It lives and dies by what it brings in," she said. "I'm going to do the same thing I did when it made $10 million. I'm going to work with the parties involved to make sure that we make progress going forward and they all work together. You don't make $10 million by not working together. If it was possible two years ago it's possible now. We're gong to have to do something to turn that emergency room around and we're going to have to something to update the equipment."

Hudson said the hospital had a digital mammogram on line for purchase but that other area hospitals, including Parker, have had the same equipment for at least five years. She said that the hospital never purchased the X-ray equipment because they used the money for the CEO's contract.

"We're behind on all that equipment," she said. "The technology has changed tremendously and we have not, as the hospital, put the money into replacing and updating the equipment... and it shows."

Hudson said that part of her plan to restore fiscal health to the hospital would be to meet and work with prison officials to bring their business back by taking care of their needs. She also said that the emergency room operation would go out for competitive bidding, with the board demanding improved certification.

"I'm going to try to rebuild public confidence," she said. "I think people are aware of what's happening now. They're aware of the lack of progress. The proof is in the pudding. Jim Carney has been on that board for four years. He spent two with me and it made $10 million. He and Rosalie have been on there two years without me and it lost $5 million. I think I have the ability to bring people together in a fashion that they don't."

Related Stories:
• TIMES ENDORSEMENT: The community needs to unite behind Jim Carney and Rosalie Carlton
• Four candidates vie for two Healthcare District Board seats
• HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTION: Carlton cares about community
• HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTION: Carney believes hospital on right path
• HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTION: Sartin driven by patient care

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Who Cares

To Bankrupt Soul
It appears that your info is old news and stuff that people could give two (deleted) about... When is it a crime to file bankruptcy....? It happens all the time, you want to talk about loosing money ask Jim Carney and the board. They lost millions of dollars that Mrs Hudson and others had in PVH back in 2010. You want to talk about bankruptcy, that's what this hospital is going to be in if you keep letting this (deleted)(deleted) that's bankruptcy for everyone, all of our citizens money gone to (deleted)

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Citizen Blythe

Where the Money? (deleted)

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Have you Ever Been to a real Dr?

The candidates statement of facts, is too close to be true. Our X-Ray machine is older that most of us who comment, quite frankly, and if you need to go out of town, to a Dr, the first thing almost always asked is a clean xray, so they can see what is going on. We have had to deal with this more than once, and I can only say, why, should we, the consumer, be paying for an inferior product, than pay again for something, that we should be able to get for the first time?

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Article comment by: Bankrupt Soul

Hudson racked up $46,000 in credit card debt and had a $12,384 judgment filed against her. She owed $53,650 in services she received, which included $38,901 due a local Blythe man.

She defaulted on a personal loan of $41,250 to Redstone Holdings and $6,700 due a Brawley company for hay and other services. Other debts include $437 to Nationwide Credit for fuel, $91 to Sprint, $270 to AT&T and $697 to Gottschalks. Hudson owed 21 different agencies a total of more than $161,000 in debts.

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