Ray Humphreys announced today that this is only the third year that DRMC has lost money since the purchase of KDH. Wow, it was purchased in 2005... and this is 2008... do the math!
The NICU is finally complete and ready to open. All they need are doctors and nurses to staff the unit... a minor detail!
New ER is coming right along. The construction has provided the staff with a handy excuse for the 8 to 10 hour waits... although construction workers outnumber nurses 2 to 1.
LTACH... what a grand idea! It requires twice the staff of an acute care facility and Ray can't even staff the hospital. Just another "build it and they will come" folly.
By the way, what crop are "we tax payers" raising this year in Ray's field of dreams?
My sources reveal that Ray actually bragged about a $50,000 profit! I don't know which is worse... admitting a loss or boasting about a profit of $50K for a multi-million dollar operation. One nurse makes more than $50K! That, to me, would suggest that the county needs to scrutinize Ray's accounting practices.
Let's remember that DRMC is a giant "shell game" composed of many "pieces" such as Home Health and DPP (Delta Physician's Practice). A talented magician such as Ray can shuffle the debt around in such a fashion as to fool even the most watchful eye(s). DPP (the entity that employees physicians) has been operating in the red for several years and continues to hemorrhage "green" every month. Who is watching this "store"?
Who controls DPP and who are the board members? Is there a link between DRMC and DPP? Does the public have access to DPP's accounting and P&L statements? These are all revealing questions that I would challenge our local newspaper to investigate and report; however, I won't hold my breath.
Ray's hands are as dirty as ever, albeit, he has "purchased" the silence of all who surround and protect him. The good news is that like Caesar, he has made many enemies who lust for his power and will not hesitate to bring him down for their survival. A house of cards has to lose but one of its primary supports before it simply tumbles.
Ray, your time is near.