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By John Murray
Dozens of city residents packed aldermanic chambers last night to protest the unfolding hospital merger betwen Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, and the LHP Group of Plano, Texas. While some residents spoke against the merger itself, the biggest issue was the lack of dialogue between LHP and the citizens of Waterbury. To drive the point home, more than 50 people used empty milk cartons with the picture of LHP CEO Dan Moen on it to illustrate the "missing dialogue" with the community.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary answered questions about the proposed hospital merger during the hearing June 11th in Hartford. The three partners in the merger were represented from left to right by Dan Moen of LHP, Darlene Stromsted of Waterbury Hospital, and Chad Wable from Saint Mary's Hospital. Photograph by John Murray
Community activist Steve Schrag (pictured above at the abandoned Anamet Building) has helped organize Waterbury United, a local group that is intent on getting answers from LHP about a proposed $400 million new hospital in Waterbury. LHP, a for-profit company based out of Plano, Texas, has so far declined to meet directly with members of the community to answer questions about jobs, taxes, and the long-term impact of the merger between LHP, Waterbury Hospital, and Saint Mary's Hospital. Earlier today, Schrag sent out a press release from Waterbury United that explained what the group was trying to achieve. The documents are posted below. Shrag sent the documents to Mayor Neil O'Leary who is traveling to Pocatello, Idaho, on a fact finding mission about LHP's impact on the community there. Scrag's e-mail said...
Chad Wable, the President and CEO of Saint Mary's Hospital, said the merger and site selection for a new hospital, “has gone from a complex deal, to a potentially mega-complex deal involving six parties. I am amazed at how aligned we are.”
Column By John Murray
Waterbury is engaged in a cultural collision that might define the city for the next 100 years. Good versus evil? No, it’s not that dramatic. It’s health care versus economic development.
Experts have scratched their heads for years wondering how a city the size of Waterbury could sustain two hospitals. The truth is, it couldn’t. For decades the city has witnessed a slow deterioration in the financial well being of Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Waterbury Hospital. They weren’t going to crash like airplanes tumbling out of the sky, it was more like a leak in an old wooden boat, slowly, almost imperceptibly, taking on water.