Bridgeport’s critical care hospitals are among biggest funders to Bridgeport’s anti-democracy effort

On Tuesday, thanks to Mayor Bill Finch and his team of advisers and associates, the voters of Bridgeport will be asked to give up their democratic rights to choose the members of Bridgeport’s Board of Education.  Instead, the Mayor will take over that task.

A coalition of “education reformers” and corporate executives in Fairfield Country are spending a record amount of money to convince Bridgeport voters that it is in their interest to VOTE YES on Question 1, although they go out of their way to make sure that voters don’t understand that a YES vote on Question #1 actually means the people give up their right to select who should oversee Bridgeport’s schools.

QUESTION #1 (misleading language reads):

“SHALL THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT APPROVE AND ADOPT THE CHARTER CHANGES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION AND APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL, INCLUDING EDUCATION GOVERNANCE REFORMS?”

Residents for a Better Bridgeport, is the Political Action Committee that is leading the Mayor’s effort.  Along with the corporate advocacy group Excel Bridgeport, Inc. and the national “education reform” group StudentsFirst, the Mayor’s operation will break all spending records on a charter reform vote.

Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center are two of the largest corporate donors to Residents for a Better Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Hospital donated $14,422.90

St. Vincent Medical Center donated $14,400

Bridgeport has two major urban hospitals that are dedicated to providing emergency and critical care to the people Bridgeport and Fairfield County.  However, apparently they both have the financial resources to make maximum donations to an effort to undermine democracy in the city that they call home.

And yet, every year, these two hospitals beg the Governor and General Assembly for financial support to stay in business.

Last year, Bridgeport Hospital provided $13.6 million in care to people who had no health insurance.  Add in the bad debts from people who couldn’t pay their full bill, and Bridgeport’s total level of uncompensated care exceeded $41.9 million

Meanwhile, St. Francis provided $9 million in care to those with no health insurance.  Add in their bad patient debts and St. Vincent’s total uncompensated care was $41.8 million.

So how do these hospitals stay in business?

The State of Connecticut provides these hospitals with major subsidies, using taxpayer funds.

Think of it this way… Without your knowledge or support, some of your tax dollars are going to fund Mayor Finch’s power grab.  Of course, when it comes to using scarce resources, the corporate executives as these two hospitals find other favorite areas of expenditures:

Bridgeport Hospital:  Total salary and compensation for top corporate executives

President/CEO William Jennings:          $764,770

Senior Vice President of Finance/CFO:          $688,999

Senior VP of Human Resources:          $468,241

Senior VP/COO:          $458,001

Vice President:          $452,611

 

St. Vincent Medical Center:  Total salary and compensation for top corporate executives

President/CEO Susan David:          $1,484,755

Senior VP of Finance/CFO:          $567,478

Senior VP:          $456,215

Vice President:          $455,920

So next time you pay your taxes, or write out your health insurance premium payment, take a moment to remember just where some of that money is going.

And it’s not like there is no one who could step in and stop this madness.  The following are the members of the Board of Trustees for Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center, but then again, maybe they are just going along for the ride.

Bridgeport Hospital Board of Trustees:

David Bindelglass
Emily E. Blair
Gayle L. Capozzalo
George P. Carter
John Falconi
Robert S. Folman
Richard M. Freedman
Janet M. Hansen
Richard M. Hoyt
William G. Hulcher
Peter F. Hurst
William M. Jennings
Newman Marsilius, III
Patricia L. McDermott
Ronald B. Noren
Jeffrey P. Pino
Meredith B. Reuben
Howard L. Taubin
 

St. Vincent Medical Center Board of Trustees

Sr. Martha Beaudoin
Peter Boone
Susan L. Davis
George Goldfarb
Daniel Gottschall
Edward T. Grossman
Sr. Maura Hobart
Anthony Milano
Manuel Pun
Ruben Rodriguez
Charles Strauss
Anthony Vallillo
Brian Worrell
  • LaurieLima

    Illuminating! Thanks

  • Castles Burning

    I do not know what else to say. This trail of money has been totally shocking. I do want to acknowledge all of the hard work and effort that went into providing us with these facts and reminders of where our money is going and what it is doing. This campaign to take away the rights of Bridgeport voters has certainly been “a long strange trip.”

  • Ascension Health (St Vincent’s) is Catholic.

    Bill Fitch is a Progressive:

    “We could send children to private school in our city for a fraction of what we spend on public schools,” he said. “We need to reduce the number of children in the public school system.”

    Private schools – and we’re talking Catholic schools – can do the job “just as well,” said Finch. His endorsement of vouchers is based in reality, not antipathy toward public education or some new-found belief in the free market. He’s watching another generation fail.

    John Cattelan, director of the Connecticut Federation of Catholic School Parents, said there are about 400 seats open in Catholic schools in the Bridgeport area, with another 1,000 in Hartford.

    “This is a way to relieve the financial stress on these municipalities,” said Cattelan

    We can declare that it isn’t right to use public money at one of Cattelan’s Catholic schools. But then we must accept over-crowded schools and inferior programs for city children who are years behind their suburban counterparts

    http://tinyurl.com/3mlylzr

    • Magister

      Catholic schools are typically ill-equipped to deal with Special Ed students. What will become of them? They also pay their faculties exploitatively low wages, although that probably doesn’t bother anyone except those who work there.