Congratulations, Illinois taxpayers! You just bought Carmi a hospital
CARMI—Our governor Pat Quinn was just bursting his buttons Saturday, 08.28.10, with pride over someone(s) at the state level managing to obtain $3 million in “capital funding” to “restore and open the now-shuttered Carmi Hospital.”
Quinn right off the bat on his presser noted how many “jobs” this was going to bring to the area (approximately 160 in medical and support staff, and 21 construction jobs).
He then took note of the Phoenix Foundation, who will be responsible for administrating the grant. The Phoenix Foundation is the group that grabbed the reins about a year after the hospital, which was floundering badly under terrible mismanagement for years, closed in 2005. At least Quinn gave them credit for trying.
The whole thing came as somewhat of a surprise; there hadn’t been any news that anyone was even seeking to secure a grant for the hospital. But there it is.
However, while the hospital may reopen and all those jobs will be created as a result, what remains unsaid is that the medical providers in the area that previously worked at the hospital are still in the area. And according to what we were hearing in 2005 and actually in all the years in between, that’s exactly what the problem is. A lot of people simply don’t like a lot of the doctors. We won’t name any here, but the complaints we’ve heard about them over the past five years have been atrocious. So maybe Quinn’s staff is monitoring this website and someone will get the message to him: unless you bring in some different providers, you’re going to have much of the same problems that were present when the place was going down the tubes to begin with.
Some other problems remain with this matter, namely, illegals, who use local emergency rooms like they’re a clinic, and who, when they get tobacco poisoning in the terbakky fields locally, throng the hospitals en masse and overwhelm them. While we looked into it in 2005-06, we could never find solid evidence that local ‘migrant workers’ were converging on Carmi’s hospital and running up bills that of course they (nor their handlers, the local subsidy-sucking farmers who hire them) would never pay (just like they never showed up in court after being arrested and charged with various crimes). However, the suspicion is there: that Carmi’s hospital went under just like thousands of others did in the middle of the first decade of the millennium, due to overwhelming numbers of people who couldn’t pay for services rendered….and those people were by and large illegals. We know White County is lousy with them.
Here’s Quinn’s presser:
He apparently stopped in Carmi over the weekend. He was probably amazed to find that the town didn’t have a population of 16,000, like the press release says it does (are there even 16,000 people in White County? We’ll have to ePodunk it to see, but that sounds about right). Nevertheless, it’s good to have at least an emergency facility in the town, as up to this point folks have had to travel across the river to Indiana, up to Mt. Carmel (which is just a band aid station these days), over to Fairfield or down to McLeansboro or Eldorado.
We’ll see how it turns out…and whether or not $3 mil is enough to do it.
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