And yes Virginia, there are financial side to the stories to the privatization of the 2 taxpayer funded Jefferson Parish Hospitals that everyone in the media has been made aware and you’ll only see it one place and that is right here on Slabbed. Let’s start with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts and the money he makes from West Jefferson Medical Center.
Step one: Obtain latest Chris Roberts ethics filing, which Roberts finally and belatedly filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration (hint to the gang in Baton Rouge the extended deadlines for filing income taxes passed in October and November). Note that Roberts still owns the a portion of the West Bank Beacon.
Step two: Play some lovely music.
Step three: Obtain Free November issue of the West Bank Beacon
Step four: Turn to pages 16 and 17 to see two full page ads from West Jefferson Medical Center.
Could it be that Councilman Robert’s favors Children’s Hospital to take over the 2 taxpayer funded hospitals because they have promised to preserve the status quo? This would explain why Roberts favors Children’s Hospital’s offer for the West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital despite the fact it is substantially less financially than HCAs. It also explains why he has done everything possible to muck up the process.
If I were at the Advocate I’d look a bit harder at the reasons for the rift.