I wanted to pull something specifically from the audio of the meeting on May 27 2010 of the Somervel County Hospital Authority Board with regard to Meridian Manor.
A bit of background. You may recall from when the Hospital District election was being pushed, that there was quite a bit of controversy about GRMC's involvement with Meridian Manor, which is NOT, obviously, in this county. Remember how Gary Marks met with Rose Beck and the editor of the Bosque County News and told that paper there was going to be a partnership where resources from GRMC would be going to Meridian Manor? (That was in the Bosque County News of Jan 28, 2009) And how the corporation Rose Beck was supposedly involved with didn't exist on the Secretary of State website? And how Steve Mims, who had previously worked for GRMC was made adminstrator of Meridian Manor? (Here's from that lawsuit against Glen Rose Nursing Home in the early part of this decade, Steve Mims was one of the defendants) And how if you applied for a job at Meridian Manor, the phone call was answered by GRMC's personnel? If you followed this at all, you might recall that Rose Beck said she had partners that were going to help her buy Meridian Manor, which was circling the drain, but then, mysteriously, shortly after the GRMC hospital district election failed, she no longer could come up with the money.
Here's my question: are any of these doctors part of the 501a, where Somervell County has already said that if they don't make enough money, the taxpayer will supplement their income? Why would GRMC be sending a physician to oversee the nursing home? Are there plans to make some kind of contractual arrangement with Meridian Manor and what would that be? WHY would county dollars be used at Meridian Manor?
Second question, and it's the same one I had when the hospital district was being pushed. WHY, with a COUNTY OWNED HOSPITAL, is Glen Rose Medical Center looking to do anything to subsidize people that live in another county? Frankly, I feel the same way with Pecan Plantation. If GRMC is such a behemoth that it must use county funds to go outside the county to help out other entities, then it's too big and maybe needs to rethink its role to be a COUNTY hospital, not serving other counties.
1:13- contacted by Meridian nursing home director (WOULD THAT BE STEVE MIMS? UPDATE: No, I have been told informatlly that it is someone else-SURELY Rose Beck is not still affiliated with Meridian Manor, right? ) about a medical director. In Meridian they need a physician to oversee the nursing home. All our doctors are familiar, real encouraged that we could help them out. Once a month meeting between the physician and the nursing home, we're not involved in that organization at this point. Facilitiating assistance for them.
When you listen to this, notice that Mr Marks says AT THIS POINT. Anytime, in my book, that somebody says this, it's because he or she is PLANNING to be involved and probably is already laying the groundwork. Also notice that fancy shmancy phrase "Facilitating assistance" for them, as some of the board members snickered and wanted to be sure the editor of the Glen Rose Reporter got that exact turn of phrase correct. I also think it's interesting that Mr Marks didn't bring this up but it was apparently on some report that the board got, that a board member had questions about. Is the board already in the know about Somervell county residents and a plan to subsidize and spend county resources at Meridian Manor? That question needs to be asked along with WHY they are considering doing this for Steve Mims, who again was made adminstrator of Meridan Manor during that whole Rose Beck mystery.