Hospital employees do not get to dictate who partners with HMC. Even though I empathize with the horrible situation the employees are facing by wanting to retain their jobs and therefore their paychecks, I do not want to jump at a "quick" fix to merge with Erlanger. The fact of the matter is that Erlanger is NOT the only game in town regardless of how the hospital board may view it.
12 Days? She worked there an entire 12 days! Is that a record for the quickest resignation?
I've seen several sources that put the recent average daily census at Hutcheson at 40 patients or less. This tells me that this hospital is not considered by most of the local community as either vital or necessary in providing health services. I also doubt that these same people are willing to part with any more of their money in the way of raised taxes just to keep it afloat when they are not even using this facility. At this point, it seems the people that would be affected if it closed down entirely would be its employees. Sad situation for them. Hopefully, they've brushed up their resumes because I don't see how this place will stay open for much longer.
Heck, why stop at $325,000? Let's give him a bonus, too, just because he's THAT good. Yeah, I would say it's understandable why officials want to keep the financial dealings of Hutcheson under wraps. It needs to all come out into the light of day for public scrutiny. It would be nice to think that there would be a full-blown investigation launched into this debacle, but unfortunately, this is the sorry way that business is conducted in our society. The fat cats at the top, regardless of whether their company prospers or not, make sure they are taken care of, while the 'little people' worker bees are scrambling trying to secure other employment so they don't lose their homes. Way to go, Mr. Stewart! You make me proud!
"...I'm proud of the progress we've made in the time I've been there," he said.
Really, Mr. Stewart? You're proud? It's an obvious attempt on your part to try to spin this entire situation in a positive light so you can move on to your next place of employment, wherever that may be. How you can collect a bonus in a year when the hospital lost millions is beyond me! I'm certain I'll be sickened when I read of the size of the severance to avail the institution of your presence.
It's about time. What took you two so long?
I love how the attorney representing RDC states that he is not authorized to comment, then turns right around and... wait for it.... comments. Lawyers. Gotta love 'em.
I have personally witnessed many people-through various forums, social networks, and media comment sections like this one-publicly bash Mr. Coffey and the Peerless site, calling it an eyesore and suggesting he give up efforts to continue renovations and raze the property. Now that he intends to do just that, there are some that appear to have had a change of heart citing pollution concerns or assigning sentimental value to the property when really they couldn't care less about the Peerless site, but instead are scared to death of the possibility of a transfer station or landfill ending up in the middle of their town. You can't have it both ways, people.
Whether you like or dislike Coffey is not the issue. Neither is it how many times Coffey has filed bankruptcy. The issue is this--Either insist your city's leadership conduct themselves in a way that is conducive to promoting a positive business environment and growth or accept the fact that somewhere in your near future you'll be getting a nice landfill to mingle amongst the pawn shops, numerous vacant buildings, and Roy's Diner. While it has been claimed that many businessmen got disgusted with the small town politics and bailed on Rossville, one thing is increasingly apparent to me. Coffey is a stubborn old goat. He doesn't care whether you like him or not. He is determined to earn a profit on his investment in the Peerless site. Landfill or not? Your choice.
Thank you for the update, Ms. Lukachick. I had often wondered if this situation had ever been resolved. I am a citizen of Catoosa County and do not especially appreciate having to pay a Magistrate his salary for 6 months while people dilly-dally around trying to decide his fate.
It might be wishful thinking, but I would like to believe that while the JQC was investigating the Caldwell-Peters squabble, they discovered the overwhelming stench that permeates the entire LMJC.
Can't wait to see how the ADA tries to explain away the transcripts and cell phone video, which is clear-clut evidence that refutes the charges.