Wednesday, December 31, 2008

If You Snooze...2/23


The Snooze came through--in their typical fashion. Hard-hitting journalism? Ah, well.... At least the site got a mention.

The Essent-PRMC lawsuit against the operator of the-paris-site.blogspot.com began in June 2007 when the hospital accused the anonymous blogger of wrongful conduct in publishing information detrimental to the hospital and violating patient confidentiality, and obtained a court order to force the blogger’s Internet service provider, Suddenlink, to reveal the name of its client.

Days before the end of 2007, the blogger’s attorney sought and was granted a writ from the Court of Appeals negating the previous court order. The Court of Appeals held there is no precedent in Texas to give the trial court the authority to issue such an order, and that several courts have noted that Internet anonymity serves a particularly vital role in the exchange of ideas and robust debate on matters of public concern. The Court also ruled that the hospital must first prove the statements are not true and then prove they are harmful to the hospital.

In March 2008, the two sides were back in court, and were given 14 days to present written arguments to the court.

Since that time there has been little movement in the case. In September of this year, Essent’s lawyers filed an affidavit stating a team of computer analysts hired by the hospital were unsuccessful in a forensic search for the blogger’s identity.

Could it be that the hospital is intent on stating to the court that they (the court) are its only resource in finding me?


It would seem that they ought to concentrate on the two stipulations of the appellate court: Truth of statements, and financial impact. But, then again, maybe they have...and come up short.


They know that I have some interesting sources--local and elsewhere. What's problematic is the anonimity of the comments. One of the things that was probably verified with the forensic group was that there is no track-back on the anonymous commenting. Speaking of 'in the dark,' the Snooze (with some prodding) even climbed on their case for keeping the community in the dark (Andy and Hud dismissals, holiday layoffs, and more....) And most (if not all) of the calls have been dead-on.


As to financials, with the recession 'officially' starting in 2007, what is their baseline? Sounds like global warming to me. (Something you really can't prove, but you know it exists!)



The biggest factor in fostering a poor image was the publicity created by the lawsuit itself. The number of hits jumped a hundred-fold.

Sooooo...stay tuned in the New Year.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well it is there M.O. focus on the unimportant with unrelenting vigilance and let the vital things get swept under the carpet. They do as others take the money till there is no more then scramble around trying to make it look like they care. They just don't want to be the next one with a pink slip

Anonymous said...

The new cath area looks fabulous,the china,the marble, in Paris TX! Then you go to get a patient in a wheelchair that has been pieced together from 4 old ones oh that is if it has foot rests. oh yeah in Paris TX.

Giles Corey said...

True...and the new Chest Center has neither IV poles OR wheelchairs--even ones pieced together!

Anonymous said...

THIS IS SO SIMILIAR WITHOUT THE HOSPITALS THAT ESSENT OWNS. SHARON GOT A BEAUTIFUL WOMENS CENTER WHICH WASNT NEEDED AS THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY BIRTHS TAKEN PLACE AT THAT FACILITY ANYMORE.
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY. LETS NOT FORGET THAT NEW ER ALSO. TOO BAD THEY DONT HAVE PATIENTS.

Anonymous said...

Sharon has no patients? I thought they were the only hospital carrying us?
Can anyone clarify on this? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wow!

Anonymous said...

Sharon has no patients? I thought they were the only hospital carrying us? Can anyone clarify on this? …………………wow!

WOW is right! Sharon’s volumes, both inpatient and outpatient, have dropped significantly over the past two years. The facility is registered as 76 available beds; 2/3’s of which are empty on a regular basis. The word in the hallway is; Thank god, Essent is self insured and demands that employees must use Essent facilities for care; this at least insures some volume – although minimal.