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Year in Review: Ailing economy takes toll on El Camino

Original post made on Dec 30, 2010

One of the last industries to feel the impact of the recession, health care fell ill in 2010, and El Camino Hospital was no exception. However, what began as a rough fiscal year for the local hospital was beginning to show signs of improvement at the start of December.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 30, 2010, 1:06 PM

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Posted by Joanne
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Hog Wash! Had the administrative staff provided better leadership starting three-four years prior to the economic meltdown, the shortage of money in 2010 would not have happened. Building the Taj Mahal with freeway width hallways, piano playing entertainment and a variety of other mis-steps along the way, lay-offs and benefit reductions could have been avoided. It is great PR maneuver on the part of the hopsital to credit the economy with their negative cash flow but employees know the difference. Purchasing Lost Gatos to supplement the ECH campus money pit was probably not a great decision either. I think the community needs to wake up and realize that the failures in their beloved community hosptial are being bailed out by decisive consultants who have advised the cut-backs because the CEO (who makes a LOT of money) neither saw the mistakes nor did he take responsibility for errors of the last 3-4 years. His admin team knows it but they are loyal to a fault. Remember Enron and the top dogs supporting each other? Need I say more..........wake up people! It's your tax dollars and insurance payments that are footing the bill for this boner!

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Posted by RN Who Cares
a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Here! Here! Thank goodness the economy tanked in 2008 so the administration could have something to blame their miscalculations on, eh?

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Posted by PH
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I love having a beautiful, state of the art, world class hospital to go to. I have mixed feelings about the hospital board and the management and the way they have handled things. I don't know it all, but it seems they have gone out on a limb to give us their idea of a good medical experience and in the quest their employees have paid a great price. Almost all of them are affected in a negetive way. If they weren't laid off, didn't retire, or move to another less desirable job, then it is likely they took some sort of schedule reduction that puts less money in their pocket and makes them, like so many, worry about how to pay their bills. It is another example of how our businesses are run in this country and it may or may not work out. I hope our shiny new hospital does so well that they can give the employees a better deal as they are always taking good care of their patients with a great atitude and excellent service.
We got the fancy new hospital and it comes on the backs of the people working there as they don't get the benefits from it that we do. We all need to support them and the hospital, use it when the need arises and be thankful when we have the ability to get their care as we probably have better benefits than they do. If we stay loyal to the hospital it will benefit everyone, the patients, the employees and all of us in the communities it serves.

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Posted by Will Name Names
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I think the community needs to know WHO IN THE HELL thought a 1 Million dollar chandelier was a smart thing to spend much needed funds on?

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Posted by LOA
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Ask Dr Curatola who was Chairmain of the Board at the time and oversaw the budgeting and planning of the new hospital. We are still paying the price for the old gaurd "vision".

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