Monday, December 08, 2008
I received a comment that was a bit convoluted, but the essence was: How do you pour a gallon of water into a pint jar?
The South Campus (St Jo, Holy House, whatever) has more beds, always did. The modifications to the North Campus (Big Mac) probably lost some beds. So how do you move a staff into a facility that is perpetually going to be low-censused without losing people? ...you don't, without a physical expansion of the hospital. I haven't seen a lot of dirt flying, have you?
They also pointed out that some of the equipment is fairly antiquated--the MRI, X-ray machines, Lab, and the like, and while some could be dis-assembled from South, and moved to North, those also have the age factor to deal with. That and moving such equipment is a significant cost in itself. Maybe GE Capital can get GE Medical to cut them a deal...hah!
I wonder if the old animosities will rear up again. That was a big spanner in the works when Essent purchased the hospital(s). Something that they discounted in the initial evaluation for purchase--much to their chagrin. The controversy over the "Women's Center" is what drove the hospital sale, that and the money pit the combination of the two hospitals had become.
And how is the St Joseph's Foundation going to take this? Big Mac wins? Seem like an ignoble end to the guilt trip laid on an order of nuns oh so many years ago. To quote from the Grateful Dead, "Lately it occurs to me What a long, strange trip it's been...."