Hospital board seeking applications for vacant seat

The El Camino Hospital District recently started accepting applications from those interested in filling the board seat that will be vacated next week by Dr.
The El Camino Hospital District recently started accepting applications from those interested in filling the board seat that will be vacated next week by Dr. Dominick Curatola. <br/> <br/>Applicants must be registered voters in the hospital district, which includes Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and portions of Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Palo Alto. <br/> <br/>Curatola, a cardiologist with a private practice in Mountain View and a member of the El Camino Hospital staff, was elected to the board in 1992. Last month he announced his resignation, effective Feb. 14. Curatola's accomplishments include returning the hospital to community control after an unsuccessful four-year experiment as a private, integrated delivery system and overseeing development of the hospital's $480 million seismic rebuilding project, district spokeswoman Judy Twitchell said. <br/> <br/>In a letter to board members and the public, Curatola urged his former colleagues to select a board member "without a personal agenda, with an already satisfied ego and with a commitment to the preservation of the hospital as an independent district hospital." <br/> <br/>The Los Altos resident said he resigned to devote more energy to medicine. "For those who may wonder, let me make it clear that there is no hidden message here," Curatola wrote. "There is nothing to read between the lines. ... This decision was not made out of frustration, not suggested by significant others and certainly was not influenced by anything negative or reactive." <br/> <br/>A message left for Curatola with an assistant was not returned by press time Monday. Board Member Dave Reeder, a former Los Altos council member, said Curatola has done an outstanding job getting the hospital back to the way it once was. <br/> <br/>Regarding the search for a new member, Reeder said his ideal candidate would be someone who has hospital experience or some experience relevant to the operation of the hospital. Someone with a background in construction or information technology would be a good fit as well, he said. <br/> <br/>Applications will be accepted until March 1. The applications will be reviewed by the board at a meeting on March 14 and no more than five applicants will selected for interviews. The board plans to fill the vacant seat at a meeting on March 27. <br/> <br/>E-mail Aaron Claverie at aclaverie@dailynewsgroup.com. <br/> <br/> <br/>
KrewedePlaya

Denmark

#34 Feb 21, 2007
By definition, the average honesty of the board improved the day Curatola resigned. Now we just need Bough, O'Connor, and Alles to follow his fine example of leadership! Reeder, there are many people supporting your efforts to clean up the dishonesty and conflicts of interest that remain on the Board.
SilverHyena

Baotou, China

#35 Feb 21, 2007
Curatola never should have run in the last election. There are important issues facing the Board. Curatola needs to give a better reason for his resignation. His excuse is just so unbelievable. Something else has to be wrong. Perhaps Curatola thinks he can avoid something by resigning. Hopefully not. Curatola, you can run but you can't hide. The truth will come out.
Cesar

San Jose, CA

#36 Feb 21, 2007
The Center for Medicare Services threatened to stop El Camino from receiving payments from Medicare because of serious safety issues in the pharmacy. Where was the Board when this was happening? Probably at an expensive retreat drinking wine in Half Moon Bay!
Cesar

San Jose, CA

#37 Feb 21, 2007
The El Camino Hospital Board is irresponsible. The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) threatened to cut off Medicare payments to El Camino Hospital for serious safety issues in the pharmacy. Where was the Board? Probably drinking wine at an expensive resort in Half Moon Bay!
In Agreement

San Jose, CA

#38 Feb 21, 2007
What has the Board been doing? Probably getting home from work, going out in the back yard in the Midnight Moonlight, listening to The Grateful Dead and dancin' in their birthday suits. It beats helping the hospital!
13000 Bottle Wino

Chicago, IL

#39 Feb 21, 2007
As physicians, Bough and Curatola have inherent conflicts of interest on the Hospital and District Boards. When Bough bought his scanner for his medical group and started to compete with the hospital, did the hospital administrator actually compete for business with Bough's group, or did he choose not to for fear Bough would cut his pay or bonus or even fire him? When a partner of Bough or Curatola gets hired to work for the hospital, is the pay a fair amount, or is it exorbitant for a do nothing job and just a way to buy Bough's and Curatola's support for the administrator? When Curatola leases office space from the hospital, is it priced at market rates, or is it a sweetheart deal done to get support from Curatola on financial considerations for the administrator? For example, was Curatola's support of payments from hospital vendor Sensitron to previous CEO Lee Domanico done so Curatola could get below market rates on his office? These are questions which beg answers from a community owned hospital with a publicly elected Board. The owners have a right to know.
13000 Bottles of Wine

San Jose, CA

#40 Feb 21, 2007
As physicians, Bough and Curatola have inherent conflicts of interest on the Hospital and District Boards. When Bough bought his scanner for his medical group and started to compete with the hospital, did the hospital administrator actually compete for business with Bough's group, or did he choose not to for fear Bough would cut his pay or bonus or even fire him? When a partner of Bough or Curatola gets hired to work for the hospital, is the pay a fair amount, or is it exorbitant for a do nothing job and just a way to buy Bough's and Curatola's support for the administrator? When Curatola leases office space from the hospital, is it priced at market rates, or is it a sweetheart deal done to get support from Curatola on financial considerations for the administrator? For example, was Curatola's support of payments from hospital vendor Sensitron to previous CEO Lee Domanico done so Curatola could get below market rates on his office? These are questions which beg answers from a community owned hospital with a publicly elected Board. The owners have a right to know.
The Informer

Germany

#42 Feb 21, 2007
"Coronary: A True Story of Medicine Gone Awry," reads like a crime novel, but one of the big twists is that Moon and Realyvasquez weren't just isolated renegades -- they worked for a corporation that squeezed as much profit as possible out of its hospitals. "Coronary" is as much about corporate greed as it is about two doctors who turned their positions into conveyer belts for riches.

The Corporation that owned Redding Medical Center was Tenet Corporation, the same corporation where previous El Camino Hospital CEO Lee Domanico learned how to do it.
The Informer

Virginia Beach, VA

#43 Feb 21, 2007
Review of "Coronary." If veteran journalist Klaidman wanted to show how to corrupt an already faulty medical system, he couldn't have chosen a better subject than the Redding (California) Medical Center scandal. All it took was a hospital owned by a multibillion-dollar corporation, Tenet Healthcare; two overly ambitious physicians; and thousands of people, including private insurers and Medicare personnel, willing to overlook questionable diagnoses. Millions were paid out for thousands of unnecessary bypass surgeries and other equally unjustifiable procedures. The compensation of cardiologist Chae Hyun Moon and cardiac surgeon Fidel Realyvasquez were directly tied to the profits of the hospital's heart program. And dozens of misdiagnosed patients suffered irreparable damage to their health, including death. Klaidman shows, too, a judicial system that allowed the physicians to walk away--no criminal charges were filed--and awarded cash settlements to victims and their families that, in the end, amounted to little more for the corporation than the cost of doing business. A story that grabs like fiction but frightens like fact.
Boris

Germany

#44 Feb 21, 2007
Yes, hospitals learn the ropes from one another. The former CEO of El Camino, Lee Domanico, worked for Tenet for years. That is the corporation which owned Redding Medical Center when it was reporting record profits. Domanico and the El Camino District Board raved about the record "profits" the community owned and non-profit hospital made under Domanico. The FBI should look in to any hospital with a connection to Tenet for problems with overbilling and unnecessary surgery. Tenet paid a record fine for its transgressions. Dozens of misdiagnosed patients suffered irreparable damage to their health, including death.
Katarina Wilson

Germany

#45 Feb 21, 2007
Tenet is a bad corporation, only interested in profiting on patients' ill health. Even a community owned, non profit hospital can give incentives to executives to do unnecessary and expensive procedures to get bonuses, and stop providing care which is not profitable.
John in Los Altos

Chicago, IL

#46 Feb 22, 2007
Message to David Reeder: At the next Board meeting, could you give a PowerPoint presentation of all the conflicts of interest that Chairperson Ed Bough, MD has between his medical group practice and the hospital? This could include any payments to his partners by the hospital or the Hospital Foundation, amount of profits he is making from his competing heart scanner, and any payments or reduced costs from hospital vendors. Thank you for your honest attempts to clean up the Board.
John in Los Altos

Chicago, IL

#47 Feb 22, 2007
Message to Wesley Alles: According to statements by members of the Board and reported by local newspapers, apparently sixty percent of the District Board members either have conflicts of interest and/or criminal records. How does this compare with similar sized community owned hospitals in the Bay Area and nation? A PowerPoint presentation of the comparisons would be appreciated.
Board Member

Castro Valley, CA

#48 Feb 22, 2007
I doubt that most if not all of these bloggers have attended any of the Board Meetings; I suspect that most of their thought process is based on hearsay in innuendo. If you want to educate yourself read to minutes, transcripts or visit the website to VIEW to meetings. No one on the Board recieves any compensation (other than sandwiches at meetings). If we were not committed to what is best for the hospital and community we would be doing something else. Learn, educate and get involved. Show some intestinal fortitude and come to meetings rather that cower on your computer. I doubt that you will show yourself; cowards! Both Curatola and O'Connor (along with Dr. Hoar) saved the hospital while you folks sat on your ass.
Mike Hunt

United States

#49 Feb 22, 2007
When someone says it's not about the money, it is absolutely about the money. When Curatola says "There is no hidden message here," there IS absolutely a hidden message. Come on Curatola, give us the hidden message. Conflict problems with David Reeder still? Conflicts of interest? When Curatola says "There is nothing to read between the lines," there is absolutely something to read between the lines. Public, take heed!!
John in Los Altos

Chicago, IL

#50 Feb 24, 2007
I wanted to comment on the LACK of fiduciary duty shown by District Board Chairman Ed Bough, MD. Bough's medical group, Cardiovascular Institute located a few hundred feet from the hospital, purchased an expensive 64-slice MRI scanner from Siemens to perform heart scans. According to David Reeder, Bough did not disclose this purchase and the hospital bought a similar scanner. Now, if a patient of the Cardiovascular Institute is scheduled for a MRI scan, does anyone really believe that the scan will be performed at the hospital, even though Ed Bough has a fiduciary duty to the hospital by his elected position on the Board? Bough is actually in a position of divided loyalty and by having his own scanner is actually hurting the hospital which he claims to represent. Is it any wonder why former CEO Lee Domanico could do something similar in his negotiations with vendors - deciding to purchase services and equipment based on the amount of stock options he would receive? The attorney representing the El Camino Hospital District, if there is one, is not doing his fiduciary duty either! Why the rest of the Board tolerates this breech of fiduciary duty by its chairman shows their complacency and inadequacy.
D Russell

United States

#51 Feb 25, 2007
The resignation of El Camino Hospital CEO Lee Domanico followed one year later by the resignation of his cohort in crime, El Camino Hospital District Board member Dominick Curatola, MD, remind me of two rats abandoning a sinking ship. As everyone knows, there is always more than one rat.
Tex

Mesquite, TX

#54 Feb 26, 2007
I think the Texas Rangers need to come in and clean up the Board! It sure needs it, partner!
Beaver

Budapest, Hungary

#55 Feb 27, 2007
The leadership of Ed Bough, MD has been a disaster. His dishonesty to the community should not be forgotten or forgiven. Hopefully, the Board with the new member can "encourage" him to leave like Curatola.
Crocodile Dundee

Germany

#57 Feb 27, 2007
Clean up this Board! Doesn't anyone on it have a backbone? It has been going on for years. Kickbacks, dishonesty, lawsuits, crimes.

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