(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.