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Mike Ford's obsession with keeping Glen Rose Medical Center county owned and run

21 July 2012 at 12:45:14 PM

Many folks have told me that Mike Ford has an obsession about keeping the Glen Rose Medical Center under the control of Somervell County but no one has a clue as to why. I know he used to be in charge of the Dr. Roger E. Marks Foundation, even voting to stick the county with the bills while leading that board. Mike Ford tried to pull a Mitt Romney and said he resigned by then but the documents on file with the State of Texas still had him listed as the one in charge with his address being utilized. Of course he has no documentation to back up this retroactive resignation...sound familiar? I personally think that funding the GRMC is a slap in the face to what the taxpayers want, we voted to not fund this thing (via hospital district vote) and they create the hospital authority anyway using our tax dollars to fund it. Then they want to close things like the heritage center and use those funds to increase hospital spending...SHAME on Mike Ford!!

Here are some historical things about these chains of events involving Mike Ford, the hospital, Gary Marks, and the foundation.

Glen Rose Medical Foundation and Roger Marks Tax Returns Various Years -1/26/2009
What Would Happen With Payment from Glen Rose Medical Center for Certificate of Obligation
Some Hospital District Questions Answered-Glen Rose-And Some Still Not
Video-Gary Marks Asked If Somervell County Would Allow the Hospital To Go Under
Texas Franchise Tax Public Information Report for Roger E Marks Foundation (Glen Rose )
Statement of Change of Registered Office/Agent-Dr Roger E Marks HealthCare Foundation (Glen Rose)
Appearance of Conflict of Interest re: Glen Rose Medical Center for Mike Ford of Precinct 2?
About that 3.5 cents from the Somervell budget that supposedly would have shifted to the hospital district
The Dr Roger E Marks Foundation As Described in the Glen Rose Medical Center Brochure of Feb 2009
Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford says *the court never loaned money to the Glen Rose Medical Foundation*...oh yeah?
Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford refuses to discuss County business with constituents
More on Conflict of Interest re: GRMC -One Answer from County Attorney (Somervell County)
Roger E Marks Foundation Changes From Mike Ford Being Registered Agent on April 2 2009 (Glen Rose)
Mike Ford and the Roger E Marks Foundation -on the board (Glen Rose)
Is Glen Rose Nursing Home a Completely Private Entity Or Is the Status Murky?
Audio and Transcript from Somervell County March Hearing about the Certificate of Obligation (2008)
Is the Taxpaying Public Going to be Invited to Apply to be on the Somervell County Hospital Board?
*Weak* Financials? What the Fool Happened with Somervell County and the Glen Rose Medical Center
Thinking Again About the Glen Rose Medical Center Monies- February 16, 2010 Part 1
Audio-Some Items the Glen Rose Medical Center aka Somervell County Hospital Authority Is Asking For
Audio-Somervell County Hospital Authority Asks County To Cover Shortfall $294,024.85 (March 2010)
Video-Where's the Money Going? Glen Rose Medical Center Town Hall Meeting March 2010
Check Register for Somervell County Hospital District (GRMC) March and April 2010
Texas Attorney General Rules that GRMC Cannot Keep Salary Information Secret
What is Glen Rose Medical Center Planning to Do with Meridian Manor (Bosque County)? June 2010
Reminder that GRMC (Glen Rose Medical Center) still requires monthly bailout from taxpayers (June 2010
Bonuses Paid to Glen Rose Medical Center Employees in 2008, 2009 and 2010
Glen Rose Medical Foundation 990 IRS Forms for 2006, 2007 and 2008
Glen Rose Medical Center's contract with ESS (for the Emergency Room) -June 2010
Really? Gary Marks of Glen Rose Medical Center Doesn't Know What the Employees are Paid?
Subsidizing the 501a Doctors at the Glen Rose Medical Center-the Agreement
Somervell County Hospital Authority Anticipates Needing $895,699 Handout for Next Year's Budget

How Much Money Have the 501A Doctors Requested from Somervell County Hospital Authority dba GRMC?
Approved Budget for the Somervell County Hospital Authority dba Glen Rose Medical Center and Nursing Home 2011
Too Big To Fail? Mike Ford Echoes The Financial Disaster Mantra About Glen Rose Medical Center
Public Glen Rose Medical Center web site has a donate now button for the Private Marks Foundation
Curious-Anyone know if there is a back story on why Gary Marks resigned?
Somervell County Judge Mike Ford proposes $350,000 INCREASE in Hospital Administration fees




Now just for the record, I have tracked down the companies that Mike Ford has been associated with in the past through State of Texas registrations (no other states) and have done open records requests to the hospital on a few just to see if the hostpital was buying things keeping Mike Ford in the money but I found no such thing happening. I, like others, still do not understand his obsession but just remember you can vote Mike Ford off the island in 2014. He only won by like 20 votes because of the straight Republican votes outnumbering the straight democratic votes 2:1. If even half the Republicans in the County stop voting straight ticket and select the other guy he can be replaced pretty easy. Replacing Mike Ford is not the total answer though...the current County Commissioners keep voting to fund this thing, they need to be thrown out as well if they can't see the light and start saying NO!


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1 - humanbeing   21 Jul 2012 @ 10:01:18 PM 

I disagree with you, Paul, that Mr. Ford's interest in maintaining the hospital is an obsession. The word 'obsession' implies something abnormal. I think he recognizes that GRMC is a significant economic engine in our small county and that it's presence and survival is important to many citizens.

From what I've read of the recent meeting, he, the commissioners and the hospital board are researching the possible options. GRMC is hardly the only hospital struggling for survival these days. I applaud Mr. Ford for taking this particular subject seriously. There aren't any easy solutions here, that's clear, but I have no problem with the fact that our county Judge supports the survival of GRMC.

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2 - pharper   22 Jul 2012 @ 9:18:22 PM 

Of course you don't mind, you voted for the hospital district. Those of us who voted against it (the majority of those voting) do mind and will continue to speak out on it. It is an obsession, there is no logic to throwing 3 million dollars at the hospital last year when it employs about 125 people who live in the county (the other 125 do not live in the county and I know this because I looked at all their W-2's addresses to see where they did live) and the recipients receive NO benefit whatsoever.

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3 - concerned citizen   9 Jul 2013 @ 5:00:28 AM 

Wow!  Look at ALL these facts and then tell the community you represent them wisely Mr Ford!!!!!

4 - concerned citizen   9 Jul 2013 @ 5:04:09 AM 

2014--you won't be re-elected!  We can't afford you!

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