Diagram of Robert Gioia's Brain
Yesterday, Quigley took a much deserved victory lap, and I'm having one too. But I'm also rubbing it in. Yesterday, I filed a number of documents with the Erie County Legislature pointing out that the status of ECMC/Kaleida "collaboration" is murky at best and possibly illegal. Although this has been ignored by local media, the grand deal struck by Judge Curran back in 2008 to merge ECMC and Kaleida into Great Lakes Health has been completely disregarded. The two entities continue as separate organizations, with Great Lakes as some sort of bizarre and nebulous pulpit for Gioia to pontificate from. This violates the Berger Commission mandate which is now New York State law:
" Recommended Action
It is recommended that the facilities controlled by the Erie County Medical Center Corporation and Kaleida Health be joined under a single unified governance structure under the control of an entity other than Erie County Medical Center Corporation, Kaleida Health, or any other public benefit corporation. It is further recommended that this entity consist of a reconstituted single board including representation of Kaleida Health, the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and community leaders." (emphasis added)
Why should anyone care about this arcane nonsense? Well, under a Judge Joe Makowski court decision, the taxpayers of Erie County are liable for the operating losses of ECMC until the end of time and three days more. As an official Erie County taxpayer, I might sleep better if I knew what all this means to my pocketbook.