Peoria Journal Star Forum
Peorians should ask about conflicts in fire study
July 31, 2004
I have followed with interest the processing of selecting a consulting firm to do a fire department study. Quite frankly, I am outraged at the assertions and unfair label that some members of the selection committee and the city manager used to select another consulting firm over mine -- even though our bid was $30,000 less and we are more qualified to do the study.
To say I or members of my firm would be biased toward fire departments is an unscrupulous comment and a smear upon my reputation, my team of consultants assigned to the Peoria project and my company. My company has conducted over 150 projects for various cities, fire departments, EMS agencies, and 911 centers. My references include city managers, county managers, mayors, county executives, and fire chiefs.
Never has this label been placed upon me or my company. As a consultant, my assessments must be fair and objective. If we are not, we are subject to being sued for errors and/or omissions.
There appears to be a strong conflict of interest between a member of the selection committee and his relationship with a member of the consulting firm that was selected. At a minimum, the citizens of Peoria should be asking their elected leaders why their government is spending $30,000 more than necessary as questions swirl around the coziness of those involved in process.
Gary G. Ludwig
~ Ludwig Group
Regarding the Journal Star editorial July 16--"Send Corrupt Health Facilities Planning Board to Morgue":
The Journal Star states that in Illinois "Any board with this much authority over this much money becomes a trough of corruption." Truer words could not have been written. For thirty years lobbyists, attorneys, and politically connected people have influenced the decisions made by this nine member board regarding constructing new hospitals and expanding existing ones in Illinois.
Unfortunately, similar conflict of interest and cronyism is currently occuring in Peoria. The stakes are very high here with lives and money on the line.
In Peoria we have one paramedic transport company--Advanced Medical Transport (AMT). Its medical director is Dr. George Hevesy who happens to be the medical director of OSF-SFMC emergency department. Dr. Hevesy is salaried by both OSF-SFMC and AMT. OSF is the main supporter of AMT and is also the base station for all emergency medical services in central Illinois. The AMT board of directors, composed of prominent Peorians, has the support of the OSF-SFMC board of directors. Dr. Hevesy's relationship with the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield, which
regulates paramedics and ambulances in the state, is well known in emergency medicine circles throughout Illinois. And finally, the Peoria city council, who will decide if AMT remains in total control of paramedic care and transport in Peoria for the next decade, will consider the findings and recommendations of a California based consulting firm. Members of the council suspect" a preexisting relationship between AMT and this California firm. One needs a scorecard to keep track of this local health care travesty.
In the mean time the Peoria Fire Department (PFD) continues to respond to medical emergencies and can only provide basic life support (not paramedic care), and cannot transport patients at the scene--even with their one ambulance. The PFD obviously does not enjoy the support of the above named individuals, boards, and state agencies.
The real loss, of course, is for Peorians that suffer an out-of-hospital medical emergency. State of the art prehospital emergency care is not offered in Peoria--not because we can't, but because our medical mafia will not allow it.
John Carroll, M.D.
- Introduction--Peoria's Medical Mafia
- Keith's Letter
- Conversations with Keith Steffen
- Keith Steffen and the Apostolic Christian Communit...
- Conversations with George
- Conflict of Interest
- OSF-AMT Relationship
- Emergency Room Overcrowding
- OSF Emergency Room Patient Satsifaction
- Fear at OSF
- Conversation with Sister Canisia
- Conversations in Church
- Sister Judith Ann
- Conversations With Chris
- Ethics Committee at OSF
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heal...
- Patricia Gibson and Monsignor Rohlfs
- Picketing OSF
- Bishop Jenky Haitian Hearts Meeting---February, 20...
- Bishop Jenky's Threat
- Catholic Diocese Abandons Haitian Hearts
- Tom Carroll's Letter to Bishop Jenky---September, ...
- Bishop Jenky Rejects Catholic Tribunal Court
- Bishop Jenky's Response to Tribunal---November 17,...
- Paul Kramer--Executive Director Children's Hospita...
- OSF Cuts Haitian Hearts Funding--July, 2002
- Slow Down Surgery--Part I
- Slow Down Surgery--Part II
- Letter Regarding Delay of Surgery---November, 2002...
- Perfume, Pets, and Pediatrics
- Linda Arnold--OSF Foundation
- Letter to Illinois Attorney General---January 15, ...
- Willie's Pacemaker
- Jackson is Dying
- Joe Piccione---Ethics vs. Practice
- Diane's Letter to Joe Piccione and Patricia Gibson...
- Pleading OSF for Jackson's Life
- Letter to Sister, Keith, and Paul re: Jackson Jean...
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste Forum Article
- Jackson's Letter to Sister Judith Ann
- Washing Jackson's Feet
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste's Obituary
- Children's Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste and Keith Steffen
- Jackson Shouldn't Have Died
- Emergency Medical Systems Failure in Peoria
- Peoria Journal Star Articles
- Firehouse Forum
- Cardiac Arrest
- Basic Drugs
- More Fear
- Trust in Physicians
- Questions for George, Rick, and Andrew
- On the Take
- Open Letter to Peoria Medical Society---January 6,...
- Questions About Matrix Consulting Group
- The Matrix Report
- Should Peoria Fire Department Sell Its Only Amubla...
- Let Peoria Fire Department Operate its Ambulance
- 19 Minutes Is Too Long
- Ambulance Monopoly Unhealthy for City
- Peoria City Council--August 9, 2005
- Peoria's Greed
- Peoria City Council---February 7, 2006
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