Grady to State,

Following up on Buzz’s earlier post, it sounds good . . .

The Grady hospital board voted unanimously Monday to hand over most of its authority to a new management board, conditioned on commitments for a half-billion dollars in financial support from the state, business community and others.

Vast hopes ride on the history-making vote, as supporters believe the leadership change will allow the 115-year-old hospital to chart a way through its financial crisis and remain open.

. . . until you get to the details

State Senate President Pro-Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) took issue with the demands that state officials support $30 million more a year in funding to Grady and provide state funding for hospital trauma units around the state.

10 comments

  1. eehrhart says:

    This is outrageous and as the Speaker said “This is not a negotiation”

    They agreed to exactly NO reform and then they tied conditions and an attempt to extort cash from taxpayers to their manifesto.

    No one is fooled by this garbage and if anyone thinks this so called new non-profit is a panacea they are delusional. The same people who caused the problem get to appoint the new board under their extortion plan. Are they kidding? and if so who?

    If Vince Fort and his crowd of useful idiots spent half the time on actually working at real jobs, and less in such extortion activities they would actually: wait for it: have money to PAY for some personal heatlth insurance like most taxpayers and they would not need Grady.

    No serious person can actually think that state taxpayers should give one thin dime to this crowd now or ever.

  2. Chris says:

    Chairman Ehrhart brings up a good point: How will the members of the new non-profit board be chosen? Will they be the same bunch of corrupt jerks who were on the F-D Hospital Authority?

  3. drjay says:

    unfortunately its really 2 different ssues that both need to be addressed–grady is a black hole that needsto be dealt with–and trauma around the state is a completely different black hole–hospitals are giving up there trauma designations and putting a lot of folks a risk–here in sav’h memorial is considering dropping its designation which would make jacksonville the closest trauma center–that is ridiculous for a city this size–but in this climate there bottom line may dictate it…

  4. griftdrift says:

    It’s political positioning.

    Much like the firebrand comment by Rep. Erhart.

    Everyone knows two things. Grady has to be saved and the state has to pony up.

    It’s just a matter of all parties being able to say they “won”. Typical politics.

  5. Harry says:

    “Everyone knows two things. Grady has to be saved and the state has to pony up.”

    I don’t know those two things.

  6. mike volpe says:

    Many of the bad guys are tied to Emory but not all. For instance, there is Robert Brown, currently serving on the Grady Task Force. How many projects did his architecture firm wind up getting? Plenty, I am betting. There is Vernon Jones who appointed the entire Grady Board which has long been a sham in my opinion. He also oversees the Dekalb County Police department and is the link between the corruption at Grady and the corruption beyond Grady. Thus, Grift that is how I make my “ridiculous” assertion that all of the corruption is tied together.

    Emory has plenty of blame. How many doctors have been paid off for silence? Did you know that Murtaugh’s payoff wasn’t even approved by the board? How many whistleblowers were eliminated? Plenty, by my count.

    Again, I really don’t think that any of you have any real understanding of just how bad the systemic corruption is. I don’t know why anyone is surprised that Grady would so brazenly look to hold the legislature hostage. Their M.O. is to get what they want and use whatever means necessary to get it.

  7. Romegaguy says:

    Does GOPeach have a brother?

    Oh, Vernon didnt appoint the entire board mike. I also miss the link to your blog in the middle of your postings.

  8. rugby_fan says:

    “For instance, there is Robert Brown, currently serving on the Grady Task Force. How many projects did his architecture firm wind up getting? Plenty, I am betting.”

    Wow, sounds frighteningly just like politics as usual.

    Move along.

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