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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Don't Let the Door Hit You in the ***

Three headlines for you:

Garthwaite Quits County Health Agency
Los Angeles Times Wed, 30 Nov 2005
Battered by budget problems, politicians and King/Drew woes since taking the post in 2002, he leaves a job that may be difficult to fill.

County health chief resigns
L.A. Daily News Wed, 30 Nov 2005
Dr. Thomas Garthwaite, the embattled head of Los Angeles County's troubled health department, resigned Tuesday and said he will become chief medical officer at Catholic Health Care East in Pennsylvania.

County health department chief calls it quits
Daily Breeze Wed, 30 Nov 2005
As King-Drew Medical Center faces a critical inspection, the controversial executive takes a new job.

Adios Amigo!


Blogger Archie Bunker said:

No if we can get rid of the County Supervisors then we can see things happen.

November 30, 2005 10:29 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

HAAAllelujah!!!! HaAAllellujah!!!! Halellujah. Hallelujah Halayayleeeeeluuuujah!!!!

LEt us now pray for those on the east coast who will now be in danger of death.

bow your heads.

November 30, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or just expand them. Think about it. They are each accountable to a million people! And the retarded voters didn't want to expand the Board and called it an extra layer of bureaucracy.

November 30, 2005 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You may be the retarded one. They each respresent 2 million residents (10 million county population divided by 5).

November 30, 2005 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garthwaite was an unmitigated disaster that can be blamed squarely on Zev Yaroslavsky -- his biggest apologist.

Garthwaite tried to destroy King/Drew and the rest of the County's health system. He is an idiot.

Have fun Philly -- SUCKAHS

November 30, 2005 8:58 PM  

Blogger calwatch said:

Split the county up.

November 30, 2005 10:06 PM  

Anonymous The retarded one said:

Oh you are right. I must be retarded for misquoting the number of residents in the County. But thanks for pointing out the error.

I always thought there were about 8 million. Probably because I'm retarded.

But since you have so brilliantly memorized the L.A. County population of about 10,179,716, divided by 5 that would be about 2,035,943.

My bad.

December 01, 2005 1:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Garthwaite tried to destroy King/Drew and the rest of the County's health system. He is an idiot."

Insightful remark.

I may be in the minority, but it is hard for me to believe that an individual who revolutionized delivery of care for the largest medical system in the world before he moved to LA could be an idiot.

Not sure how battling to change an entrenched hospital culture (see LA times pulitzer prize winning article) by changing leadership, trying to attract nurses, bringing personnel actions & accountability to the staff, and focusing services on those most critical is "destroying" a hospital.

Perhaps, just maybe - there are a couple real problems that are ignored as the county chews up & spits out another talented, proven leader. Could they possibly be:

*Millions of uninsured patients who never obtain preventative care & who must be funded by the county
*Hospitals being managed by 5 individuals with absolutely no medical knowledge/background. Note that Dr. Garthwaite's repeated requests for a Hospital Authority were ignored.
*Inability to lure top nurses & docs to a hospital that receives horrific press, including top leadership bashing, and limited county pay (see item 1).

December 06, 2005 8:12 AM  

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