The Berkeley Daily Planet has printed two pieces on one Medical Center trustee. Man that’s cold when you can’t trust a trustee! She’s out trashing the Medical Center and Supervisor Keith Carson. She’s a doctor, but not a medical doctor so she didn’t have to take the Hippocratic oath, “first do no harm.”
See, that’s the job of a trustee advocate for the institution, particularly financially. It requires smarts, patience and well, discretion. Before Measure “A” bond monies the Medical Center couldn’t find people to serve on the Board. This predictable pre-fabricated scandal shows us the dark side of Measure “A”. See this trustee represents not an isolated incident but a growing trend, she like many “community leaders” works for an organization, which would like to get its hands on more Measure “A” monies.
Non-profits and private hospitals, which serve “niche” markets, could reap huge financial benefit from the closure of Medical Center services. So while these other healthcare providers continue to dump their unprofitable clients into the Medical Center, they have begun a cackling spiteful chorus of criticism. Hospital CEO’s show up at Board meetings and insist that the Medical Center accept their costly and difficult patients. Then they turn around and say, “what a dump they should be closed down.”
So with community based providers in economic competion with the Medical Center, why would Supervisor Carson appoint a trustee with a conflict of interest to the Board? That’s an easy one, Supervisor Carson believes that all healthcare providers in Alameda County want to cooperate to best serve the communities in need. Keith Carson’s commitment to accessible healthcare has kept the Medical Center open for years. He believes that partnerships and cooperation between community clinics, non-profits and the Medical Center can create a comprehensive and efficient healthcare system for all county residents. He believes in our better nature and he continues to believe in this trustee.
Supervisor Carson like most of the Medical Center staff did not anticipate the vicious attacks launched at the Medical Center since Measure “A”. Sheriff Plummer, other hospitals, a trustee and now the Berkeley Daily Planet have all attacked the Medical Center. That’s what’s wrong with liberals, we have a “progressive paper” an African American Community Leader and a “progressive reporter” all attacking a public hospital with the likely outcome being that, taxpayer monies go back to the county general fund and get spent on our prisons. Way to go team!
The Daily Dirt has published more than one viciously critical article about Supervisor Carson, to these attacks he and his staff have always responded, “That’s your job my friend, you are an advocate for the uninsured, keep it up.”