I was at the Carleton Place Hospital meeting Wednesday night and things got way out of control. A line has now been drawn between board members and our local citizens. Both sides are passionate in what they feel is right for our hospital. Each side has their own valid reasons, but what is crucial here is no one is going to win acting like this. Do you know who is going to suffer in the long run? Everyone in the community that uses our hospital. Like a union strike, no one wins.
Everyone, as well they should be, should be concerned with rules, procedures, and compositions of committees. However, I am sure donations to the hospital are slowing down due to personal convictions, and that is wrong. With this enormous attention on the board of directors matter is everyone falling asleep at the wheel?
Our conviction should be that we all benefit from working on a team, and that more often than not, one plus one does equal three. Do I think the board is too big? Small’s considered good, big’s considered bad. But big boards exist at some great and admired companies—GE and Wal-Mart—along with some poorly performing companies like US Airways and AT&T. At the same time, small boards are part of the landscape at good companies like Microsoft and some not-so-good companies like Trump. But we are not an urban landscape here, we live in Carleton Place, population 10,000. I repeat, we are a population of 10,000 folks. Why can’t we work together on anything in this town? Especially something as important as this.
People identify a hospital with their community. In some small cities and certainly more rural areas, it may be the only hospital within 25 miles or so. I have posted pictures of only a few of the donator’s names that were posted in the Carleton Place Canadian in the 50s.
This hospital was built and carried through the years by donations from our local community. When we talk about building healthier communities, we mean the process of working together to address what matters to them- and this matters. But why oh why has it come down to this? Lets’ resolve this issue quickly before it is too late.
PLEASE do not forget our Carleton Place & Memorial District Hospital. Please donate by clicking here. Don’t let the hospital suffer because of this mess. We are a community- the names in the newspaper tell the tale– let’s act like one and fix this mess TOGETHER.