Sullivan Says Health Care is to Stay at CHCL - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/06

Sullivan Says Health Care is to Stay at CHCL

Presbyterian and Children's Health Care Clinics are located in north and downtown Lubbock. They provide health care to lower income families.

Friday, Community Health Center of Lubbock, C.E.O. Michael Sullivan handed NewsChannel 11 a sheet that says "myth versus fact." It shows a long list of what people are talking about and what he believes is the truth.

Two days ago, NewsChannel 11 talked to three employees. They told us CHCL's CEO Michael Sullivan's re-organization plan was to get rid of Presbyterian and Children's Health Care board members so CHCL can have total control. "Has Presby and Children's done something wrong?" we asked. "I don't think they've done anything wrong," answered Sullivan. "Why wouldn't you want to continue to do business with them?" we asked. "As I said, it was a decision made up by the CHCL board," he said.

Barbara Johnston, a three year patient of Presby says she doesn't understand the decision. "A system that works perfectly is being dismantled?"

Barbara recently had her monthly check-up only to find out she will not know who her doctor will be next time. "It was emotional and difficult to say goodbye to those people," she said.

Employees who we spoke with Wednesday told us by February 27th, about 68 of them, including doctors and nurses, will not have jobs. "CHCL offered to employ all of the staff as part of the negotiations. It was turned down and was not accepted by those employees," said Sullivan.

Sullivan also provided 14 other myths and facts about the re-organization. It has been reported that CHCL is worried they will lose funding to Presby and Children's. Sullivan says the fact is: CHCL was awarded the federal and state funding which has grown from $600,000 to $3.4 million.

He also says another myth that has been reported is that CHCL is controlling CHCL's board. He says the fact is the board is made up of actual consumers and they made a unanimous decision to restructure so patients' medical needs will be better served.

"How is it going to improve? I haven't heard a thing. So for all I know, its up in the air. I may or may not have medical care in the future that I can afford," said Barbara.

Sullivan's says his main message is that patients will still receive care through CHCL. Just not through Presby or Children's. A judge will handle that issue later this month.

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