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On Lawrence Memorial Hospital agrees to give $15,000 a year to chamber's economic development fundraising campaign


Kate Rogge 5 years, 2 months ago

Isn't the hospital owned by the city? What is a city-owned agency doing donating money to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce? Shouldn't it be spending its money on hospital care and equipment?

freestatehawk 5 years, 2 months ago

Considering the company on these boards, it's not an easy thing to do, but I think you take the prize for stupidest comment ever. Are non-profit organizations supposed to operate in the red?

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

"A report prepared for the chamber found the economic development group for the university community of Bloomington, Ind., has $900,000 a year in private economic development support. Others in the report included Boulder, Colo., $825,000; Iowa City, $775,000; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; $500,000; and Norman, Okla., $450,000."

Then get it from "private economic development". This is a public hospital. Local businesses should be able to give lots of money, since they don't have to pay state income tax anymore. Ripping off the taxpayers to bring in more low paying retail jobs. Wonderful

verity 5 years, 2 months ago

Shakes head. Since I no longer live in Lawrence, I usually don't comment on things of only local interest, but I will say this makes me glad I don't live there anymore. Some years ago I had a two night stay at LMH. There was absolutely no reason for me to be there the second night and the experiences I had while there were rather awful. Disgustingly unsanitary, a number of really dumb decisions by staff who were not being completely honest with me. I had to question medication which it was then decided I didn't need. Now, if I recall correctly from a past article, they are basically being blackmailed into donating money to the CofC.

The staff were really nice, but I was certainly glad to get out without contacting some awful infection.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 2 months ago

Considering all the reckless spend by government, at all levels, you'd think inflation would be a huge problem. Currently, inflation is not a problem.

RockyRaccoon 5 years, 2 months ago

Let's not forget that at the bottom of this article http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/mar... it states that LMH is losing $750,000 of funding this year, so they are giving money to the Chamber of Commerce to help increase the city population which will bring new patients to LMH but with a smaller budget leading to less equipment and less staff.

UneasyRider 5 years, 2 months ago

So LMH will give money to Chamber! Fine, don't expect me to donate 1 penny to them with their fundraising, obviously they don't need it.

chocolateplease 5 years, 2 months ago

Does the Chamber consider the negative impact this has on the public's view of their organization, equating to a lowered opinion of downtown businesses in general? I would think that if LMH was giving any money away, it would be to increase the health of those less fortunate with regard to health care, not lining the pockets of downtown shop owners!

jhawkinsf 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure some downtown businesses are members of the Chamber while some are not. Thinking the two are interconnected is not accurate.

73KU 5 years, 2 months ago

LMH should be doing God's work of healing the sick instead of creating jobs for roofers.

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