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Opinion: Tahoe Forest CEO overpaid, wrongly leading hospital

In response to Trinkie Watson’s Dec. 19 letter, “Hats off to Tahoe Forest CEO,” in my opinion the information you provide is ill-informed and misleading.

Mr. Fay’s original letter, “A health care cost comparison,” on Dec. 9, contained facts based on his current research for the costs of an imaging study. By doing his homework, he saved 80 percent of the cost of an x-ray. Mr. Fay is an example of the shift to transparency for provider prices as consumers are more careful about choosing services based on cost and quality.

I disagree with your statement that “most hospitals in general” do not have a 95 percent rating for infection free treatment. See CMS Hospital Compare for the rates of hospital-acquired infections. TFH does a great job at infection prevention, but other hospitals also achieve that goal. To state the low infection rate is due to the CEO is an insult to the hard working staff at TFH.

The administration at Tahoe Forest has chosen to be accredited by HFAP instead of The Joint Commission, which is the gold standard, apparently because TFH could not pass TJC’s more rigorous standards. Also, TFH has chosen not to participate in the Leapfrog Group — an organization that measures hospital performance on patient safety, quality and resource utilization.

Finally, although awarded one of the “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals” in 2010, TFH has not continued to receive that recognition the past four years.

The Sierra Sun reported the Dec. 16 board decision to delay action regarding negotiating the CEO’s contract. Thank goodness. I say: “Hats off to the new board” for realizing the CEO is not only overpaid, but also has been leading our Tahoe Forest Hospital District in the wrong direction.

Ronda Brooks, MSN, RN, NP

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