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Opinion

September 15, 2013

Norman Regional complex creates problems

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Terry McHugh’s Aug. 19 letter readily illustrates the problems of building two locations of the complex.

They are problems that do not fit little boxes. Deeming patients in critical care having to cross town for some procedures is expensive and dangerous.

The physicians seem to be having some stress to perform activities at one side or the other, even when the equipment is at the original hospital.

More to the point is that Norman citizens like the McHughs own the hospital, including the one that is, or was, in Moore.

The charter of the city of Norman states, “We, through the mayor, with the approval of the city councilmembers, shall appoint a hospital management ... The city manager shall be ex-officio member of the board of management ...” and so on. The point is that the mayor and city council control the hospital and oddly controls the city of Moore’s hospital future.

Running the two Norman hospitals has had problems — which emergency patients are taken, having to staff two hospitals when staffing is held down and transport of patients itself.

The problems have gone on for a long time. In 2009, Charles Schindler said, “It (Norman Regional Hospital) is not a private corporation but a public trust, with the city of Norman (hence, the citizens) having a beneficial interest in the hospital.”

He pointed this out at one of the board meetings, but no recording of that meeting was made. I have found only a slideshow for the required year report to the city council and not an informative report. Citizens should have the data they need to govern the hospital.

So, for bettering care for patients, us and loved ones, we need to answer the question, “Who owns NRHS?” The McHughs do.

Jerry Messick

Norman

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