Op-ed: Health care organizations must skate to where the puck is going to be

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    April 12, 2018 5:52 p.m.

    When I see execs being extremely well paid, while the rank and file workers are taking significant pay cuts--and make no mistake, cutting pensions or other benefits is a pay cut even if the W2 wages are not cut--I get rather miffed.

    I'm a solid capitalist. But if times are tough, everyone ought to share in the belt tightening.

    If times are not tough, cutting compensation to good workers just isn't right. If the open ended liability of pensions need to be ended, then the money that has been going to fund the pension needs to flow to the workers in some other form so they can handle their own retirement. Whether that be higher wages, a larger match on 401(k) contributions, or even contributions to an employee owned retirement account is less important than not using cuts in compensation to the little guys to pad the bottom line while the big wigs continue to draw bonuses.

    Unfettered, capitalism is economic and social Darwinism that destroys the little guy. If companies won't temper themselves with basic Christian values and decency, then the masses will eventually demand government imposed socialism--which is far worse but has short term appeal.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    I think a large concern with many current employees is the uncertainty of the direction of the hospital system. Many employees express dissatisfaction for what they see as cost-cutting maneuvers at the expense of patient care and a happy, fun place to work. Most people agree that corporations must adapt and change, but the overall message is not making it to the boots in the field. This op-ed, while nice and full of platitudes, is short on specific goals that may assuage concerns

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 12, 2018 3:44 p.m.

    This is a self serving piece from a Board member.
    " Why would a vibrant organization that serves patients and communities well and that’s widely regarded as one of the leading American health systems reorganize itself?"

    Why, to outsource jobs to avoid paying benefits and matching 401K's. This is designed to increase the wealth for those at the top at the expense of the thousands of little guys. IHC thinks it can still make the local yokels believe that it's a community based and involved benevolent company. In reality, it's becoming another Wall Street driven, cold, faceless corporation.