Friday, June 19, 2009

Michael Paulson at the Globe has a post up on the Caritas situation

Caritas, troubled in Mass, looks to RI

In the post, he has an interesting link to Paul Levy's (President and CEO of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston) blog.

When he worked here, the current CEO of the Caritas Christi system would often look wistfully to the south and ask us to consider taking over the troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. We put the kibosh on that idea faster that you can say, "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

Now, according to this Boston Globe story by Rob Weisman, he is pursuing the same plan. I think it's time for the SEIU to investigate this. After all, they are keen on increasing state aid to a financially troubled Massachusetts hospital in the Caritas system. They can't also be in favor of transferring those state funds and charitable assets to support a financially troubled system in another state.

It's like solving the foreclosure problems we have in this country by having one house owner in foreclosure buy up another.

There's been a lot of secrecy and lying about this deal from Caritas and a Catholic Cardinal. There is something screwy and sinister going on.

This is all too hard to understand. It seems to me that if you strap two leaky lifeboats together, they sink faster. Perhaps people could be more transparent about their intentions and hopes.

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