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Hospital donations jeopardized by CEO's ouster

Original post made on Mar 18, 2011

A month after El Camino Hospital abruptly announced that it would terminate CEO Ken Graham's contract at the end of the fiscal year, June 31, many at the hospital remain perplexed, and even vexed by the news.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 18, 2011 at 3:25 am

Over-paid and over-stayed, Ken Graham pretended energy deregulation wasn't in effect, during WAR. Heard of war? It gets expensive, then COSTLY. So he is going, like a number of the greedy teachers, who don't remember their own history lessons.

Also, who in the world would put up such lousy internet, at El C, and then pretend the cost structure could support ALL the construction undertaken, and all the consequences, of too-high salaries paid, years later? Property taxes won't cover more adventure.

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Posted by ECH Staffer
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

Ken Graham is a fantastic CEO. Many of us are sorry to see him go. Poor decision making by the ECH Board.

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Posted by David
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

I have been following all the comments in both the Los Town Altos Crier and the Mountain View Voice regarding the early termination of the CEO (Ken Graham) contract. Considering the agreement that the CEO and the Board have not to discuss the details of this action, certain people in the community somehow seem to think that they know the details or they are angry because they want to know the details and yet they are not entitled to know. All of the comments seem speculative and definitely not constructive.
Ken Graham may have been well liked, so was Jimmy Cater and he did not survive beyond his four year term.
I, like many other community members, do not attend the Public Board meetings. However, they are all recorded and can be viewed on line.
Having viewed these and reflecting back on the financial statements that were made available, it would appear that the Board decision was a business decision. A summary of the review would show that there was a significant loss in net revenue from one tear to the next resulting in a $11 Million loss. When the consultants to rescue the hospital were contracted, they identified over $60 Million in "waste".
It has been reported that a large percentage of the cost reduction will have to be paid to the consultants. This would be another huge loss in revenue. These events are all lost opportunities for revenues.
I, for one, feel that the Bard made the right decision. I was reluctant to donate generously to the Foundation, but I have changed my opinion, the Board decision was right for me. I now know that my donation will be used wisely.
I read a disturbing quote made by one of the Board members that "I do not know why the decision was made". Looking at the Board meetings and the attendees, he was present at all the meetings. To make such a statement would suggest that he was totally tuned out or sleeping. I would encourage the voters who elected him to look for a more engaging representative. I am a resident in LAH.

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Posted by NC
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

If you review the videotaped financial reports from the last several board meetings you will see that the hospital is ahead of projections in turning things around and that is accounting for the cost of consultants.

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Posted by Brigitte Fox
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Board member Dave Reeder should be commended for his courageous revelation that the El Camino Hospital Board members don't know why they made the decision to terminate Ken Graham. The door is now open for Mr.Alles, Mr.Kladde, and Dr.Einarson to show the same fortitude by admitting that a mistake was made and rescinding their decision.
As is clear from Mr. Reeder's statement, there is no urgency to Ken Graham's departure. At the very least, Mr. Graham should be allowed to serve out the term of his contract in order to avoid wasting millions of dollars. El Camino Hospital cannot afford to lose a competent and caring leader and jeopardize much needed donations on the whim of three people who feel thay want "a different CEO."

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Posted by Show Me the $$$
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I think this is all a farce. There are only 30 days in June, so that means the mutual departing probably won't happen. The CEO will be saved by a legal loophole due to a stupid typo in the contract.

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Posted by David
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

After reading Brigitte Fox's comment and her letter in the Los Altos Town Crier, one wonders how objective she can be regarding this issue. She certainly would not be priveleged to detailed information about the CEO. Is she infatuated with this person? Her comments are totally of the wall and do not seem to reflect the majority of the employees at hospital. Maybe counseling is indicated for her.