Greenwich Hospital cuts services, staff

Corvino blames Malloy’s new tax which will take $8.5 million from our hospital. Corvino did point this out when the tax was first proposed, pointing out that the hospital was operating at a profit of, I think, $5 million, so we’d lose that profit and have to come with $3.5 more. Of course, Mr. Corvino might have considered reducing his own million – plus salary before laying of 36 staff but hospital heads don’t do that and still, it wouldn’t have solved most of the problem.

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  1. bc

    feb 11 2011 greenwich time said a margin of $13.4 million,

  2. Start at TOP

    CUT Molenello (Cheif of Medical Stuff) & CUT Corvino bloat salary. We never need such a big palace. Old time workers say old times better before these boobs come in. What a boat load of crap doctors that come here. We in the cleaning staff no like the pay the bosses make. We going down tubes.

  3. Walt

    Dude –
    How do they not list all of the services they are cutting? As I am sure you know, the hospital can be as good as a rub and tug.
    They cut “massage therapy” so that is really a big loss. But what about prostate exams? Those were always fun!! And covered by insurance too! It was the best deal in town.
    What about hernia checks? Drop your drawers, turn your head and cough!! Those were always good in a pinch. Are those gone as well?
    And sometimes I liked to just walk around the hallways in my hospital gown, mooning all the nurses. And sit in the lobby playing the piano, bowing back to the crowd after every number. People seemed to really like it!! But seems like no reason to go now.
    Or “accidentally” stumbling in to the breast examination room. That was always fun!! Is that gone as well?
    So now I need to drive all the way to Stamford? This recession really sucks Dude.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  4. stopthechecks

    him cutting his salary is not the answer…

    the liability of 36 employees far outweighs even him taking zero salary.

  5. Pawlush is such a lush

    Pawlush, he of course defends his boss. Why don’t we take out Pawlush. The job can be done quite well without him or Corvino. Why do we pay Corvino two hat pay?

    Pawlush makes almost 750K plus benefits a year! No wonder union bosses go after this place. The bosses are real hogs.

    Pass the hats and fund Corvino parties? I can find 100 people who would love the job for far less than 1.5 mill and have half the waist size of Corvino.

    We never needed the new hospital anyway. All those donations could have been a great endowment. Corvino is presiding over a bunch of lousy doctors to boot. Get real people. You are such sucker donors.

  6. JRH

    Some food for thought from a Goldman Sachs analysis paper:

    “A review of the spending and tax data at the federal, state, and local level suggests that a significant part of the weakness in economic activity in 2011 so far is due to fiscal retrenchment In the first quarter, the Commerce Department estimates that spending cuts at the federal, state, and local level subtracted 1.2 percentage points from the annualized pace of real GDP growth; moreover, the expiration of the “Making Work Pay” federal tax cut and hikes in state taxes probably offset most, if not all, of the boost to disposable income from the temporary payroll tax cut.

    In the second quarter, the fiscal policy impact was probably smaller, but still negative. Indeed, monthly data on defense spending, state and local employment, and state and local construction all show a clear downward trend for 2011 so far.”

    The immediate and massive spending cuts demanded by the Tea Partiers in Congress would do incredible harm to our nascent recovery. Ask the Brits how sharp cut-driven austerity is working out for them.

  7. Anonymous

    Cut whatever else, but don’t cut the (at least when I was there a couple of years ago) fortnightly patients’ lobster night: a whole steamed lobster, complete with nutcracker, drawn butter, rice pilaff, half cob of corn, plastic red lobster bib and moist towelettes, served every other Wednesday. Time your admission accordingly.

  8. anon

    While it may be fun to mock the guys who run the hospital, at least these guys are adding value to society by working for an institution that saves people’s lives. Greenwich Hospital helped save my son, so I am grateful. And if you compare the $1mm or so these guys make to what some private equity guys get for essentially running ponzi schemes, it seems like they actually earn their pay.

  9. I’ve been a patient in a hospital exactly three times: once to be born; twice to give birth.

    The first happened at Greenwich Hospital in 1953. Brooks Hoffman delivered me, for anybody out there of that vintage.

    The last two happened at Stamford Hospital.

    If memory serves, both were nice places.

  10. JRH

    “In fact, all of the services were not profitable.” So Corvino admits that he’s chopping unprofitable services like Cos Cob massages (figured you’d have fun with that one, CF), but is happy to blame it on the hospital tax.

  11. guest

    Anyone who says we didn’t need the new building is absolutely wrong. They didn’t have to work there and try to provide modern medical care in a building designed for typical care 50 years ago or more. The building works with us now instead of against us and that is important to the staff that works there everyday.

  12. Jane

    Interesting, as there are numerous jobs at GH listed on monster.com.

  13. CatoRenasci

    JRH – the problem with the GS analysis is that the spending by federal, state, and local government is in large part (43% of federal money, much of which is funneled into state and local governments, which ostensibly have to balance their budgets – but look at Malloy’s phony baloney) borrowed. That is, it is utter unsustainable unless taxes are raised significantly on everyone, including those who now pay no income tax. The net effect of borrowed government spending is ultimately negative. Our choice is between cutting government spending dramatically now, or cutting it catastrophically and not in the way we choose later. There is no such thing as a free lunch – every borrowed dollar has to be paid back (with interest) and the inflation of the currency by the use of the printing presses is a much a tax on the poor as it is on the wealthy. The only winner is the debtor, who can repay debt with money worth less than what he borrowed. And even that debtor is ultimately the loser as lenders will either reduce lending or demand far greater returns to compensate them for inflation.

    I’d much rather cut things in an orderly way now, than see the entire economy collapse. It would be painful if we terminated 1/2 to 2/3 of all government employees (and eliminated the regulations they concoct and administer), but it would be mostly painful for those feeding at the public trough – they’re deadweight to the economy anyway: both for their direct cost in salaries and benefits, and for the indirect costs of all of the insane regulations in increasing costs.

    The elimination of unfunded mandates, and the insidious mandates that are only partially funded, would do more to bring common sense back to local government than anything else.

    Consider the Town budget: our costs are mostly labor, and we have little control over those costs because of state laws governing collective bargaining. Without those laws, and all of the mandates on achievement gap, minority balance and special education (to consider only the education piece of the budget), the Town could probably deliver a far better overall education to Greenwich students than it does now at 1/2 the cost.

  14. send in the clowns

    Cato – are you suggesting the federal and state laws regarding special education be eliminated?

  15. Just_looking

    Put “CatoRenasci” on the ballot.

  16. dogwalker

    Delving Eye, There are others of your vintage around here! Brooks’ wife passed away recently, but he’s still alive and kicking!

    The few people I know who have used it love the integrative medicine place. Problem is, I believe, it launched right before the economic crunch, and most services are not covered by insurance. So the cuts here do not surprise me. The pulmonary/cardiac rehab cuts did. I thought that was a busy place, that would have been reasonably profitable, too.

    • Dogwalker, for some reason my own carrier wouldn’t cover the $1,800 for that cardio-rehab program, so I skipped it. Maybe other insurance companies won’t either, which would lump the unit in with the integrative medicine place.

  17. dogwalker

    p.s. I generally disregarded swipes about Corvino’s salary, figuring it was nothing compared with the real corporate world. Admittedly, I did not know what it actually was. Yeah, I should think we could do better for that amount of money.

  18. CatoRenasci

    send in the clowns wrote: Cato – are you suggesting the federal and state laws regarding special education be eliminated?

    Yes. I’m not recommending eliminating everything we do now under the rubric of “special education”; rather, I think it should be a local decision what to do, and how much to spend on it. It should never be something that’s an “entitlement” where the parents of a special education student can sue the school district and the Town to force them to do or spend more.

  19. meridenite

    I’m still trying to figure out why we are taxing hospitals so the feds will give us money so we can give less money back to the hospitals we taxed.

  20. dogwalker @ 8:30 am

    OMG!!!

    Dr. Hoffman obviously found a profession he loved. I met him once in high school when he came to lecture us somewhat naive Convent of the Sacred Heart girls about the birds and bees. Wonderful man. Sorry to hear about his wife.

    If you know him, dogwalker, mention my mom — Nancy Leverich. He jnew her well, having delivered three of us, barely making it in time to catch me at 3:22 a.m. Bleary-eyed, he asked my mother, “Must you deliver your baby at this ungodly hour?” All in very good humor, of course.