I've met Jim Valenti. Hell, my wife once got Jack mixed up with and Jim and I thought he was dead. He's a nice guy. You can't really blame him for cashing a bonus check if he's offered one. You'd do the same thing.
The people managing him need to be fired. The hospital needs to be sold to a private hospital group. County government needs some serious oversight and it needs it like yesterday.
I know some of the problems were created years ago by a different county commissioners court. You may remember that I ran way back then to try and correct these problems. The late Dan Haggerty was everyone's hero for simply not participating in the debauchery. That's not good enough for me. You have a responsibility to act against the crime in progress. There are no points for sitting on your hands and letting it happen.
Lack of revenue could be caused by anything. If everyone in El Paso got healthy and didn't got to the hospital - the hospital would have major budget issues. The budget problems with the hospital may not be Valenti's fault. He may be doing a great job managing what he has. However, when you have budget problems nobody gets a bonus.
I'm not sure if state law mandates a county owned hospital or not, but I think this one needs to be sold to a private hospital group. Maybe our local legislators need to look into it. Let a group of investors who choose to play in this game take the financial risks.
What are your thoughts?