The hospital will get what it wants. The homeowners will get the shaft. This hospital is the biggest employer in the city, as such they carry the big stick. Lets look at he parking lots. How many tax dollars were removed from the tax rolls when those houses were moved? The hospital could have dug two or three floors down under ground, then maybe two or three stories up or even more. They could have put in skywalks to the main building…..they have the money; they need not go to the bank, they are the bank.
The Mercy doesn’t carry liability insurance; if they need to pay out as a result of losing a lawsuit, they just write a check; I think altogether they operate close to 18 hospitals. A few years back there was a desk clerk working at the Hanford Inn, her name isn’t important but what she said is. I was aware of her circumstances, the reason she moved to North Iowa from where she live before. She came from the Des Moines area, lived on a farm and was the victim of spousal abuse….she fled was the bottom line. She was friendly, always a smile for everyone….then one day she said to me; “Peter I have been offered a job at the local hospital.” “That’s wonderful,” I said. “You’d make more money and have benefits as well,” I replied. “I am turning down the offer”, she said.
It seems she had a lady friend working at the hospital here, who upon learning of her move to Mason City, offered her a job in the accounting department at the Mercy. It turns out she had worked at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines in accounting before she fled to Mason City….her friend knew she was experienced and wanted her to come to work in our local hospital. She said her reason for not doing it was because she enjoyed meeting all the different people who came through the doors.
Then all of a sudden, and without my asking she said to me; “Do you know how much money this hospital sends out of town each month?” My answer was, “I haven’t any idea.” Between 1.5 and 1.8 million every month,” she said. “How do you know this,” I asked. “Because my friend knows and she told me,” was her reply.
Those numbers, if they were valid could have gone up or down by now; but the point is these people don’t have to destroy the property values of hard working people; they have the where with all to alternatives that could show real compassion. As for the current council; ask yourself this question….which of those sitting there did you vote for…and will you do it again?