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Shame at Grady Hospital- A National Tragedy

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Shame! Pam Stephenson and Grady Board fleece Grady

ATLANTA-   Grady hospital is at the epicenter of the nation's public health crisis, and now it is spiralling down. First, it was converted to a private hospital that retains $750 M a year in public financing. Now, the payoffs continue.

For years, I have urged the State Senate to hold hearings into ongoing and worsening corruption at Grady Memorial Hospital.  The hospital is going broke, but wealthy contractors continue to get rich on the backs of Grady patients.

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Now, the absolute worse has happened.  Pam Stephenson, a person with absolutely no experience in running a hospital, fired the highly qualified Otis Story in January 2008, and then took over the extremely lucrative CEO position, for her self.  Give Otis Story the same deal at least he was experienced.

Pam, your temerity in capturing this position was incredible.  Talk to the Hawks & Falcons, they need this type of thinking.  For you to have negotiated this flagrantly unethical masterpiece behind closed doors shows that you never had the Grady patient’s interests at heart.  

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The board claimed that this would be a new era in Open Government, and Grady would be transparent.  Hello!  Instead, Grady is back in the smoke-filled rooms, dealing out public money without restraint.  The board wanted Pam to deliver a private hospital.  She delivered.  Now, Pam is this the payoff?  Pam and the board put personal profit before patients.

 

This new board suppose to be the big business thinkers, is this how they made there fortunes?  Maybe we need to have a corruption reality show, no need to audition.

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I wonder how this board became a non profit so fast.  It was with the help of John Lewis.  I also wonder why this type of influence didn’t step in when the crisis started at Grady.  The influential sure know when to get involved with certain events that impact their political livelihoods. 

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