Hartford Healthcare CEO Elliot Joseph recently had a meeting with the CEO of the State of Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy. It did not end well. “He listened and expressed concern but nothing was resolved,” Joseph told me during a taping of Face the State that aired Sunday on Face the State.
Joseph met with Malloy to try to dissuade him from going forward with the state budget, which Joseph warned would negatively impact hospitals across the state. The week after the controversial budget was passed, Hartford Healthcare announced a reduction of some 400 jobs across the state. Referring to the budget, Joseph told me “this is going to transform how we deliver healthcare.”
The new budget comes just a few years after the state decided to spend millions to expand the UConn Health Center in Farmington, just ten miles from Hartford Hospital and St. Francis. That will also hurt Hartford Hospital, according to Joseph because there is no demand for more hospital beds in Metro Hartford. “It’s hard to justify (the UConn investment) it’s an old model.” Is Dempsey Hospital and the UConn Health Center a waste of taxpayer money? I put that question to Joseph.
We covered a lot of ground in the interview, including the role of Hartford Hospital in the economy ($900M a year) to future investment to the salaries hospital executives earn.
You can watch the interview that aired Sunday morning right here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/11612571/healthcare-ceo-talks-about-job-cuts