Thursday, January 29, 2009

Caritas update: meeting at Borough Hall today

"Today, January 29, 2009, at 2:00pm, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall will have another meeting at Borough Hall at the request of Senator Malcolm Smith to discuss the imminent healthcare crisis in Queens. The Senator plans to present his restructuring plan at that time.

The deal to be presented at the meeting today is not a good deal for the hospitals. The sponsors are the same as the ones for Dr. Robert Aquino at the failed Parkway Hospital and will not be a sustainable or ethical solution."

Malcolm Smith is in bed with Caritas. Oh, and Tony Avella, who has taken the lead on getting the City's attention on the issue, has not been invited to the meeting. Is this really the time for petty politics, Helen & Malcolm?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aquino and company ran a profitable hospital. They were targeted because Parkway was the only for-profit Hospital left in the city. A private company told by the govenment to close when they were not entitled to State bailout funds

Anonymous said...

Parkway may or may not have been a "profitable" hospital but its rating for delivering quality medical care was never exactly primo!

It won't be missed....like the old "Queens General" which was known in its hey day as "the butcher shop"!

Anonymous said...

Helen Marshal's minus (whatever)IQ score ought to be made public.

This decision is the worst dumb boo she's made yet.

What do you expect from the building industry's house servant who's ready to tap dance for any developer for pennies at the drop of a hat....a brain?

Miles Mullin said...

Malcolm Smith is in bed with Caritas. Oh, and Tony Avella, who has taken the lead on getting the City's attention on the issue, has not been invited to the meeting. Is this really the time for petty politics, Helen & Malcolm?
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Secret meetings at Boro Hall is the way government is run. Perhaps the beeps schedule should be made public.

Afterall, Helen is our (public) servent and we should know what she is doing every moment she is on our pay.

Anonymous said...

...and reporters should be allowed to record these Boro Hall meetings.

Anonymous said...

How was Parkway Hospital profitable? It was in Bankruptcy for over two years prior to it's closure? It closed owing money to every vendor and employee for unpaid accrued and severence pay. We have different definitions of profitable.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I really don't think a hospital that had 30 patients in it could be considered profitable or well run. If there was any profit made there are a lot of individuals and attorneys that would like to know where it is so they can get their share.

mortimer snerd said...

Be much better off letting HHC take it over...the perfect third campus to connect Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Center...and serve as a counter balance to nsuh/lij....

Anonymous said...

Take a look at Aquinos other entities, are they profitable. If not then what makes you think he will turn around this bigger problem. People wake up!

Anonymous said...

I agree that any proposal that Aquino could offer would not be an acceptable deal. I like the idea of making the hospitals an extension of Queens Hospital Center and Elmhurst Hospital

Anonymous said...

I am eager to see the proposed plan for SJQH/MIH.I didnt realize Helen Marshall and Mr Smith had expertise in restructuring hospitals....especially dysfunctional ones. Cant wait til the town hall meeting Friday!

Sarah said...

Here's what we know: some hospitals like the LIJ/Northshore group can operate hospitals with a profit and very good care. Why can't STMC/MIH do the same? Simple: the majority of the patients have little, inadequate or no health insurance. Those with the better insurance go to the better hospitals and the better hospitals get the better patients with the better insurance. So the only way these hospitals can survive is massive subsidies from the government; city, state, federal or all three or to be completely acquired by the city and run as a city hospital. Unfortunately, both solutions will require expending a great amount of cash. Cash that is not available on any level but the feds. Someone should try to get this into the stimulas package.

Anonymous said...

Sarah......your point is well taken, but diminishing reimbursement and an increasing burden of uninsured patients is only part of the problem. In addition there was a failed administration and lack of vision for growth in the community the hospitals serve. All hospitals are burdened with the finanacial losses associated with mananging an indigent population. Typically this can be offset by a private practice base. The hospitals(MIH and SJH) over several years have alienated or terminated relationships with physicians with large practices who were dedicated to the mission of both hospitals........ and also committed to stimulating growth and success in the hospitals.

Anonymous said...

maspeth mom said

st. john hospital is place only the desperate go because of the poor health care I dont know any one who made it out alive. People with health insurance go our to North Shore Hospital .

Maybe if they put better doctors and nurse in place they would have people who pay their bills go there.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this right. Get MIH/SJQH into the stimulus package?
What happens when they burn thru the money AGAIN? Oh...get another stimulus package...I got it now. Like I said...financially irresponsible,incompetent, and dysfunctional institutions deserve a kick in the ass...not money!

Anonymous said...

Aquino and his gang of mobsters should never be granted any hospital license or operating power. They are connected and the state needs to run a clean ship.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Aquino is a gangster group. I saw many a gangster type with Aquino and that is why the state yanked his license. if they let him operate caritas then it's for sure letting the fox in the chicken coop. maybe the church is so desperate they would let the gangster in, but didn't they do that in the Godfather part III?