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Ting, Fung surge ahead on hospital district campaign spending

Original post made on Oct 27, 2018

What started as a low-spending race for seats on the El Camino Healthcare District board of directors has turned into a high-cost campaign, at least among the two physicians in the race.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:57 PM

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Posted by Lucie Newcomb
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2018 at 6:09 am

Interesting but not truly informational. Why is there nothing here about the issues and POVs? What's the difference in stance between the 2 physicians? There are some insinuations here about leanings but no facts to back them up. How does this really help voters?

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Posted by Peter C Fung, M.D.
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Exactly Lucie. While it is interesting to know candidates' spending, it is more important to understand the issues and POVs of the candidates. The voters need to know to decide on their votes.

There has been or was no in-depth or any report of George Ting's leadership role, convincing the medical staff to sell El Camino Hospital out to Camino Medical Group in the 90's.
He believed in partnership with CMG so as to get a better contract for his services and he did. However, as a result, the hospital's privatization led to turmoil, complaints with deteriorated patient care and negative press. The District Board filed a law suit and got the hospital back under District control and public oversight. There were marked changes with improvement both inside and outside the hospital - please refer to El Camino Hospital website - history.

Strange then he is now opposing any move to merge or sell out to another company like PAMF (the previous Camino Medical Group) even though they still have the high paying physician contracts that he wants.

Any merger or sell out is NOT going to happen on my watch!! However, in order for El Camino Hospital to survive, we need to have a strong health care system with ambulatory sites across the continuum, each specific to the need of the community. We need to build a critical mass of physicians, nurses, other care providers to staff this care. All of these sites will be under one umbrella of close communication and cost-containing management, while producing world class care. In time, when we reach a critical mass, we will able to contract directly with the payers and employers. Only this way we can survive and expand our market share, and that has been happening, accounting for the great secure financial position we are in. That is my vision. As you notice, there is no I, or my pay in this vision. My goal is to enhance the health and wellness of the District, and to have El Camino Health to lead the transformation of health care in this great valley we live in.

George Ting's vision/trial failed miserably. I am NOT going to let him try again.
Please decide carefully. Thank you for your time.

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