El Paso Inc.'s David Crowder has a great Q&A with El Paso Children's Hospital CEO Mark Herbers.
When I say "great", I mean to say that Crowder's questions were great.
Herbers' answers? Not so much...for you.
Herbers isn't exactly restoring confidence when asked if EPCH will make it and responds:
Oh, absolutely. If it doesn’t, it will be because the community doesn’t support it. This is probably the first children’s hospital I’ve been involved in that was not formed and built from major philanthropic donations. Most children’s hospitals receive a huge infusion and endowment and capital contribution of millions of dollars to get started.
If this thing fails, it's because you guys didn't give us enough money. But who I am kidding? This town is poor and every other place I have been to has at least more than one billionaire who needs a tax-write off.
You think I am being silly.
But keep on reading, and Herbers drops this other gem:
Mature children’s hospitals rely heavily upon philanthropic community support.
Where all da' rich people at? Every other place has a lot of rich people. Ted Houghton's and Bobby Bowling's nickels ain't cutting it.
While Herbers' statements do not restore much confidence about the fate of EPCH, at least he is not throwing that red herring that County Judge Veronica Escobar likes to throw out about Medicaid reimbursements to explain EPCH's financial woes.
But then Escobar cannot say, "The only way EPCH can survive is on the charitable contributions of high-net worth individuals." For her that would mean admitting ideological defeat.