Sentara's downgrading of Virginia
Beach General Hospital
An investigation by Virginia News Source reveals an uncommon corporate coziness between the Virginia Beach City Council and Sentara Healthcare Systems at a time when the medical care cartel is stripping the Virginia Beach General Hospital of vital medical services and the council is sending up fake howls of protest to impress and pacify the public.
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The council, with Oberndorf feigning pseudo outrage to cover her role in allowing the current situation to develop, last week passed a weak resolution of 'protest' presented by Oberndorf, calling for a state investigation - a cowardly government tactic used to buy time hoping public outrage will die down and Oberndorf can dodge the bullet of contributing responsibility for the problem.
Oberndorf and X-vice mayor Will Sessoms, sources told VNS, were the city council's representatives on the local hospital board when it agreed to be acquired by Sentara. Sources said Sessoms made the merger motion. Now the council feels double-crossed and Oberndorf is trying to cover her sordid past relationship and actions.
The current flap is bureaucratic stupidity of massive proportions. Apparently, said one source, the council @ Oberndorf and Sessoms' prodding 'gave away the farm' with no enforceable legal means of preventing Sentara's future looting of the beach hospital's resources. "This is almost as bad as a crime against nature," said one wag.
It appears that city government is so closely allied with Sentara Healthcare, Sentara Enterprises, and MPB, Inc., a Sentara real estate and development subsidiary, that Council is merely raising a smokescreen in hopes that the populace will soon tire of seeking the truth and go away.
By dumping it in the lap of Governor Warner they have placed themselves in the position of being able to answer all questions with 'Wait for Governor Warner's reply'.
Hence, like turning Virginia Beach General Hospital into Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, it appears that the current Sentara/Virginia Beach flap is all over but the shouting.
Politicians, corporate interests - 1; Virginia Beach citizens - 0.