Al Cashion: This is OUR Hospital


The Chain of Command at TMH.

It’s our hospital. We have control of the Hospital Board. They must answer to us.

We’re the Boss. The board contracted Quorum Health Services for operational expertise and to provide executive administration.

They answer (supposedly) to the board.

The fourth in command, Quorum’s employee, CEO George Rohrich, seems to exercise a great deal of autonomy and authority considering. He seems to be a figure that is feared, even by the board to whom he must give account.

Relationships with medical staff, negotiations of contracts, effective handling of serious complaints of medical errors or malfeasance … all of these seem to fall under his judgment alone and his select followers.

Jennifer Riley, in Friday’s edition of the Press in regards to medical malpractice, malfeasance, etc., offered a guideline of procedures of how these issues are addressed. Apparently, it is used quite selectively as it will soon be known.

Ex employees, including medical staff and key physicians have requested the board assist them with conflicts with the administration and disparities in contract negotiations, often without even the courtesy of a return call.

None. Zero.

The board told the Daily Press they are “working on” involvement in contract negotiations and physician retention.


On Dec. 6 the Chair didn’t think it was “any of our business.” I reminded him of the chain of command.

Apparently, this new self-appointed task is a difficult process. One they are “… working on…”

For cryin’ out loud, Children! Select a board member, give him a pad, pencil a recorder and a half a teaspoon of common sense and play referee.

Spank the one that can’t play nice in the sandbox. Tell the County if they continually misbehave you’ll send them home.

Rocket Science.

We did have one bright moment at the December 6 meeting. Don Cook was honest when I asked if he had known of the problems for at least a year at the meeting, even though it did not cast him in good light.

Thank you, Don. Albeit late, that honesty will come back as reward.

It always does. Integrity blooms and blesses regardless of the starter fertilizer.

The Chair, Don Myers has been aware all along. It won’t be hard to demonstrate, Don. Not at all.

The question is “why”?

Why, Mr. Myers? What would compel you to refuse to be of aid or assistance to good people? I would really like to know!

Might as well fess up. Cat’s about out of the bag, my friend. Better you bring it than me.

Incompetence? Confusion? Brain gas? An unhealthy relationship with the administration?

Why, Mr. Chairman?

In the coming meeting, it will be interesting to observe if the Chair appears to be protecting the administration as it appears now, protecting himself, or…?

My questions at the board meeting were apparently uncomfortable.

Obfuscation and denial provided the major portion of the responses from both the board and Administration. Embarrassment and whitee tightees twisted in knots.

I wonder why?

Dang! I’m sick of people in positions of trust and power forgetting they have been entrusted to serve the citizens.

I’m sick of it. I can’t fix the beltway but I don’t have to put up with it here.

I admire people of character. People with honesty that is palpable and integrity undisputed.

Someday, God willing I may have some. My compass is pointed in that direction at least.

The administration seems to think character unnecessary. I guess it must be an issue of incompatibility.

They just wouldn’t be team players, would they, George?

George Rohrich: When you don’t play fair, you hurt people. Real hurt. Real people. Real friends. And, I’m real pissed.

And you’re real gone. Truth better start spilling out before you leave.

You and your minions have lied enough. The fur is fixin’ to fly.

Don Myers: Fess up.

Board: Somebody better talk.


Heart2Heart 4 years, 3 months ago

Well said people of Craig standup for yourselves be the boss start caring about what is happening in your community


unbelievable6060 4 years, 3 months ago

I am appalled at this opinion column. Al Cashion who do you think you are? The way I see it is you were asked to sit on the Editorial Board of the Craig Daily Mess several months ago and then all of a sudden that gave you the right and the freedom to write these awful opinion columns? Shame on the Craig Daily Press for even allowing something like this. Of course it goes right along with how the Publisher, Mr. Jacobson handles things. Somehow I see the two of you getting along really well.


alcashion 4 years, 3 months ago

Hi there unbelievable6060, I wrote nothing that was not 100% truth. And I was actually quite gentle. Maybe you're too close to the situation to see it. The activity of the administration and the inactivity of the board is nothing short dumbfounding. You will soon see. I'm sorry you are apalled. You will be no less so when what has happened in the dark is exposed to the light.


reasonableexpectations 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree with unbelievable. This is poorly written, severly lacking in attribution and clearly no one at the newspaper edited this for even basic grammar. If the newspaper had any credibility left, I'd say this was ruining it. As it is, This opinion piece falls right in line with their current news standards. Al, you're not an expert and this will be pie in the face.


Taxpayer 4 years, 3 months ago

It appears Al Cashion was correct that we would all be surprised at what is going on at OUR hospital. Several letters to the editor have validated Al Cashion article. Al Cashion dodged that pie thrown at him too! ;-)


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