Steve Yellen And El Paso Corruption

As much as I try to leave El Paso corruption behind the more it seems to rear its ugly head. Last Sunday I received a seemingly innocuous email imploring me to donate to yet another non-profit scheme. It came into my business email address and like many similar ones it is targeted at me because… Read More Steve Yellen And El Paso Corruption

Veronica Escobar is at the Center of El Paso Scandals

When an FBI investigation dubbed Poisoned Pawns was launched it was focused on one individual and his scheme to defraud the federal government of federal dollars. By the time the dust settled, over 25 public officials went to jail or admitted guilt to public corruption. The avalanche started because one individual, Travis Ketner, panicked and… Read More Veronica Escobar is at the Center of El Paso Scandals

The Children’s Hospital Scheme They Don’t Want You to Know About

As I wrote yesterday, the Michael Nuñez deposition on September 29, 2015 further bolsters my belief that the children’s hospital scheme revolves around the so-called intergovernmental transfers, or IGTs. This is the little dirty secret that Veronica Escobar and Jose Rodriguez are desperately trying to keep you from finding out about. You see, if you… Read More The Children’s Hospital Scheme They Don’t Want You to Know About

The 2007 Kurt Salmon Study for the El Paso Children’s Hospital

The El Paso Children’s Hospital debacle was based on a March 2007 feasibility study commissioned by Thomason Hospital, now known as the University Medical Center of El Paso. Much of the public commentary, if not all of it, was based on the feasibility study now dubbed the Kurt Salmon Study. Although the whole children’s hospital… Read More The 2007 Kurt Salmon Study for the El Paso Children’s Hospital

The Nominating Process for El Paso Children’s Board Appointments

On November 30, 2015, the University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) issued a press release where it stated that UMC had nominated four individuals to the reconstituted children’s hospital board. They are: Ronald Acton, Miguel Fernandez, Patrick Gordon and Ted Houghton. Additionally, the press release listed: Jaime Barceleau, Gilberto Moreno, Jr., and Lynn Coyle… Read More The Nominating Process for El Paso Children’s Board Appointments

Jim Valenti Open Records Request Detail Two Million Payment

In addition to the Steve Norwood open records request, I also submitted an open records request asking for documents pertaining to Jim Valenti’s retirement as the UMC chief. As you likely know, Jim Valenti effectively tendered his resignation on October 5, 2015 by announcing that he will not be seeking an extension to his current… Read More Jim Valenti Open Records Request Detail Two Million Payment

The El Paso Children’s Hospital Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization Dissected

As you likely know, UMC and the El Paso Children’s Hospital submitted a joint plan to the bankruptcy court in order to take the children’s hospital out of bankruptcy. As you know, UMC is the largest debt holder. The plan was submitted on Wednesday night. Most of the news media has reported on the salient… Read More The El Paso Children’s Hospital Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization Dissected

Original Source Document Archive for El Paso Children’s Hospital

One of the most frustrating things about trying to understand community issues like the El Paso Children’s Hospital is all of the secrecy that surrounds it. Although courtrooms are supposed to be open, there are many times when “protective orders” are issued to keep certain things behind closed doors. The court has already issued a… Read More Original Source Document Archive for El Paso Children’s Hospital

Is Jim Valenti Out?

Reading some of the depositions in the El Paso Children’s Hospital debacle, I came across some testimony that seems to indicate that Jim Valenti will be leaving the University Medical Center (UMC) next year. On July 2, 2015, Jim Valenti was deposed in the bankruptcy case. According to that deposition, Jim Valenti has two types… Read More Is Jim Valenti Out?

Texas Health Department Objects to Children’s Reorganization Plan

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission filed an objection with the bankruptcy court yesterday in regards to the El Paso Children’s Hospital. As you know, today is the deadline the county commissioners gave the children’s hospital to accept the county’s proposal to have UMC take over the children’s hospital. The deadline is necessary because… Read More Texas Health Department Objects to Children’s Reorganization Plan

A Simple Solution to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Debacle

If County Commissioners were serious about resolving the El Paso Children’s Hospital problems, they could easily do it through UMC’s budget. The County Commissioners recently asked the hospital district (UMC) to update their 2015 budget to remove subsidizing the El Paso Children’s Hospital from its budget. Basically, the commissioners told UMC to stop supporting the… Read More A Simple Solution to the El Paso Children’s Hospital Debacle