The Problem Is DOH
The problem with the Peninsula Hospital Center does not lie with the management of Revival Home Health Care or with the board of directors, most of whom come from the community.
Instead, the problem lies with the Department of Health, which has been trying to close one of the Rockaway hospitals down ever since the Berger Hospital Commission said that Rockaway could get along with one large, state-of-the-art merged hospital.
It didn’t seem to matter which hospital it was that closed down, at least to the DOH, as long as one dropped from the scene.
That was clearly seen last summer, when the state agency conspired with MediSys and the hospital’s former CEO, Bob Levine, to close the hospital at any cost.
It never worked to keep the hospital open and it continually put roadblocks in the path of the board, which was working 24 hours a day to keep the hospital open -- at any cost.
That cost was Revival, an organization with lots of federal money from its nursing home business, but no experience in running a hospita.
As CEO, Revival put Todd Miller in place, an amiable man with no hospital experience.
He quickly proved it. Strangely enough, he relied on a staff doctor who is universially reviled as his major advisor. The team quickly ran the hospital into the gound, even though it reportedly was earning a profit for the first time in years.
When Miller got the December internal report that the lab was greatly flawed, he either chose to ignore it or was told by his advisors not to worry about it.
His board of directors, his bosses, were never told of the report, which to me proves that Miller’s loyaltiy lies with his Revival boss, Steve Zakheim rather than with Peninsula. By the way, at the meeting held this week, Zakheim admitted for the first time that it was his money that kept PHC open, which is a violation of his agreement with the DOH that he have nothing to do with Revival or its operations.
It is apparent that the DOH never came to PHC to look at the lab before it closed the hospital. They only looked at flawed paperwork. What a shame, to close a hospital over paperwork.