Holy Cross Hospital Today
ago Holy Cross Hospital was in turmoil.
The financial condition was bleak.
A number of staff had been laid off, and morale had sunk to rock bottom. The CEO was under fire, and was soon to leave
the hospital. A series of public
meetings, lunch provided, failed to attract much attention.
series of temporary replacements, a new CEO, Bill Patten, came on board in the spring
of 2015. Bill was introduced to the
public through a series of open meetings, in venues ranging from the Taos
Country Club to the Alley Cantina. The
ped in to help, passing a mil levy
intended to provide an estimated $1 million a year for facility maintenance and
replacement. TaosPlans.org followed that
we now seem to be at the same place we were when all this started. Finances are once more in poor condition. The mil levy is being considered to cover
payroll, not the maintenance of facilities as intended, and as promised to the
voters. Morale is at an all-time low; several
valued medical staff members have left for greener pastures in, of all places,
Espanola. Collections from Medicare for
overcharges, increases in malpractice insurance premiums, and an ineffectual
attempt to install two new information systems at once, have added to the
begun a new series, which we call “HCH Phase II”, to follow progress as the
hospital attempts to work its way out of this morass. Our first postings are: