Doctor’s Diary August 7, 2017: Hospital administrators on a pedestal

(Snippets from the frontline)

Hospital administrators on a pedestal

Last month, a hospital administrator retired and all local media outlets had press-release headlines lauding his accomplishments. 

Two years ago, our hospital celebrated it’s 40th anniversary, but none of the 10 founding physicians still on medical staff were honored.  Four years ago, the hospital refused to recognize 15 physician and nursing staff veterans when the Traveling Vietnam Wall came to our community.

Fortunately, we have a City Council who did not shun these honors and appropriately acknowledged our medical professionals.  Kudos to the City Council:

Doctors and nurses are on the forefront of your medical care, yet hospital administrators put themselves on a pedestal claiming credit while reaping personal financial rewards.

In an emergency, who would you want waiting at the hospital door:  An administrator, or a well-trained doctor or nurse?

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.


  • Doctors and patients together must always have a choice of hospitals: Money talks. When money talks, administrators listen. H

  • H says:

    1. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa cited a “not for profit” hospital in Missouri for failing to match its hospitalization-charges with its charity.

    Call the doctor in his Washington office to discuss ethics violations whenever you find them: Dr. Karen Summar: 202 489 9890.

    2. Practice at two unrelated hospitals whenever possible. Advise graduating residents to do the same.

    H. E. Butler III M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • To make matters worse the Affordable Care Act has promoted greater hospital consolidation. Making hospital administrators even more powerful and richer at the expense of the rest of us. Learn more in my new book, “Understanding Healthcare: A Historical Perspective”,

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