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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, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: We are Watching

Political Reform Act: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

The second principal statute that governs conflicts of interest for District officials and employees is the Political Reform Act of 1974 ("PRA"), Government Code section 87100, et seq. Unlike Section 1090 which applies to contracts, PRA prohibits District officials or employees from making decisions in which the official or employee knows or has reason to know he/she has a financial interest. The PRA is broader than section 1090 in that Districts usually make decisions more often than they make contracts. Like Section 1090, the PRA applies to Special Districts.


Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Be watching the Docs

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Common Law: Any Conflict Is A Bad Conflict

Independent from the two statutes identified above, California courts have developed a body of case law that sets forth rules relating to conflicts of interest within public institutions. These common law principles generally require public officers to avoid placing themselves in a position in which personal interest may come into conflict with the official's duty to the public. Numerous cases and California Attorney General opinions hold that the conflict of interest statutes and common law are based on the truism that a person cannot serve two masters simultaneously and that the duties of public office demand the absolute loyalty and allegiance of the individual who holds the office.

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: @ just me

You realize these people had two years to do all these things. So why did they wait till JIm and Rosalie were on their way out the door to do them? Why did they try to extend the contract of the CEO and make it even tougher to get rid of him? I say the same article on the internet about PVH being ranked number 3 for worst hospitals in the country for 2012. You do realize that this happened under the watch of Peter " Big Truck" Klune, Jim Carney and the rest of the board. These are the same people that rehired the emergency room doctors that continually misdiagnose patients and the same people that outsourced Janitorial services (lack of cleanliness is a major contributor to infections). You seem like you were at the meeting, so I am sure you saw the Ten million plus dollar cash on hand figure from 2010 and saw where that figure at this current time sits at 5 plus million dollars. Lets not forget about the extra million dollars in liabilities too! Sure seems like things really fell apart under JIm and Peter. You realize Peter Klune makes double of what the average CEO at a hospital our size makes. Maybe the last board should have spent more time worrying about the hospitals patient care and its finances and a little less time trying to figure out how to serve their own agendas. They sure left a mess for the new board to deal with and if the remaining board members do not cut out all the bull and start trying to get things on track their will be a recall in their future.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: M R

The editorial writer contradicts themselves. They speak of free market, yet what was voted on was actually anti-free market in principle (a contract, which prevents competition). There is too much "out of town" syndrome going on in Blythe people are programmed to shop, dine, and get medical care out of town. Why have Parker and Lake Havasu outgrown Blythe, even though we are on one of the busiest interstates in the nation? The answer to that is the cronyism that's been going on with the CEO and elected officials in this town.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Common Sense

When I 1st came to this town 12 years ago this same Dr. (deleted) had people all whacked out with his trip. Dozen years later the guy is still pulling your strings like a puppet-master! If someone had hired him to run Romneys campaign The Obamanator might being unemployed!! Some people seem to be human examples of stuff like black mold. You can hit it with everything but a nuke and it just keeps coming back! Always something. But, you know, when it comes to small towns it seems as if there would be a unanimous desire to have the Big Three in order. That being your Police, your Fire Dept and your (deleted) Hospital.!! The town has been extraordinarily lucky that someone hasn't died along the way due to the mess. If that ever happens you can change the name of Blythe to Amboy-2. If this was the 1950s and we had a few decent sized Sex Scandals it'd be like little Peyton Place! Let the good times roll baby!!

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: just me@your endorsment

Did you not see what Dr.Sahlolbei is made of..Calling Carney a dirty cop and would take him down.How bout some reporting on that..We really need that kind of Doctors at the hospital ..I also read where pvh is # 3 on the list for uncleaness and infections..So that makes you want to go there for treatment.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Karma

Already the takers of the community are posting their opposition to a good thing because it will expose them and eat into there greed. Sure some of them give to the community but some only give if they can get influence. Like donating to churches (more to come soon) and buying FFA animals with public funds.
Anyway Hudson was on the board when they took bids and put out an exclusive contract for the ER doctors, why is this any different?
Because it may affect her and/or her friend Dr. S.
Trina will be against it even thought will have an opportunity to bid?
Wake up Blythe they are trying to get you better care and just because it is a bid does not mean you take the less expensive but you take the one that will provide the best care.
There was a cheaper bid presented for the ER contract and it was not taken by the Board!!!


Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: David Laucks

Where was this support when Walmart wanted to come to Blythe ?

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Bastardo Viejo

Why would we expect anything more than "self-serving" interests at the local level? Is this not EXACTLY how things are done at the highest Federal levels? State levels? County Levels? Is this not the "new" American way?

This Nation is run by 'them that has', for 'them that has', and for the ever increasing wealth of those at the top of the chain! Those who repay 'loyal' former legislators, with jobs as lobbyists with exorbitant salaries and benefits! This to influence their former colleagues with 'perks', and "favors" and luxury trips, now called "junkets"! Not to mention outright, albeit well hidden bribes! All this done at the expense of, and on the backs of the average, middle class, low income, and elderly fixed-income American citizens! Look at the multi-million dollar bonuses paid to top-level CEO's as reward for bleeding the last nickel out of American consumers!

To these huge corporations, if you are not whining about increasing inflation & costs of living, they are not charging you enough! After convincing us we "deserve" and "must have" the best products & luxuries they have to offer us, they have now "'outsourced" hundreds of thousands of American manufacturing and technical jobs to low wage foreign countries, solely to increase corporate profits, and by exploiting poorly paid workers in third world countries, where they can also skirt environmental safeguards and worker safety!

Do they offer a lower selling cost for their now cheaply produced products to the American public? Not a chance, they demand what it sold for when produced in America, if not more!! What they have failed to take into account is that their laid-off, and now un-employed or under-employed, middle class American employees can no longer afford what they are hawking, having now joined the rising ranks of the lower class, with many now living at and below poverty levels! . . . . . Just one ol' (deleted) opinion!

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Bids? I dont want the cut rate service!

Take advice from you? Don't think so...you wanted Jim Carney and look what a mess he left. Typical, just look a the school district. Robert Jenson doing the same thing as Jim Carney did.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: YOUR ENDORSEMENT REMEMBER?

All caused by the Man and his Women that te Times endorsed. Remember? Or should we send you the link. (deleted) We saw what he was made of last night, 12/05/12, how about some reporting on that? Over 70 people got their eyes opened wide at Carney, Cat McClain,Quitty Pinon, and Carltons distasteful actions!The recall is already getting put together. No more sticking it to us!

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Logistical Nightmare

It's simple citizens of Blythe, do you really want the cheapest surgeon, ambulance, and air company?. Think about it. PVH didn't shop around when it came to employing a CEO. To go out of town to get lower prices is fine just remember, that ambulance has to drive from out of town, or that air ambulance. That means you suffer waiting. We have a ground and air ambulance company in town. There not any higher priced than any other company. The only problem is they hate each other. Now with the surgeon I can see your point, we need another surgeon that doesn't work for the current surgeon. My father is alive today because or that air ambulance company and that local ground ambulance, and because PVH was here. So stop the arguments ( PVH, Blythe Ambulance, Desert Air Ambulance) and start working together to better serve this community.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Way to GO

Palo Verde Valley Time. You hit the nail on the head. For to lone Blythe and PVH have been held hostage to self serving greed and we know who they are including their supporters.
It is time to move our hospital forward and set the stage to provide excellent care at the best cost.



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