A paid consultant, Ralph Llewelyn, submitted a proposal to the Teton Nursing Home and Teton Medical Center to benefit both organizations. In February Teton Medical Center finances had deteriorated and the proposal was being rejected.

In the April 9th Choteau Acantha, Jackie Weist had a notice regarding the Task Force seeking solutions to stabilize both Teton Nursing Home and Teton Medical Center.

A public meeting was held on April 9th regarding the finances of the two facilities. Apparently “stabilizing the two facilities” means closing the Teton County Nursing Home and transferring their residents to the Teton Medical Center.

Teton Nursing Home currently has 25 residents and Teton Medical Center had 17 extended care residents as of mid-March. First, residents and their families have the right to say where the residents will live. The residents of both facilities are not pawns in an attempt to hijack people to add to a facility’s revenue.

I am sorry that Teton Medical Center is financially hemorrhaging. If tax payers are being asked to pass a mil levy, we have the right to ask questions regarding TMC’s finances.

Teton Medical Center has two administrators. One administrator is for the hospital, Louie King, and one for the extended care, Susan Murphy. Susan Murphy is also the manager of the Teton Medical Center Clinic. What is Mr. King’s salary? Since he is already working at Choteau Activities, how many hours per week does he work at the hospital? What is the salary that Susan King makes, the full salary for the faculty? In the past there has been one administrator over both departments. Are both administrators receiving benefit packages? At what cost? A facility with low census should not have two administrators.

When requested to pay more taxes, the need for money must be justified. When I apply for a loan I am expected to provide detailed financial information. The time has come that mil levies should be questioned and financial data supplied to the voters.

Fred Ginther

Fairfield, MT