The Fishburns said the project must be completed to ensure all residents have access to a Level I trauma center.If Wishard's Level I trauma center at the hospital is so outdated, how was it able to so successfully treat Fishburn with its current facilities? Just asking. The construction of this new hospital has nothing to do with what happened to Jason Fishburn and it's completely shameless of the HHC to use his tragedy for this purpose.
"This is a way for Jason and I to pay forward what has been given to us," Dennis Fishburn said.
Fishburn, who was shot in July of 2008, has since returned to light duty with the police department.
The City-County Council would also need to approve the hospital plans. If approved, the hospital's current campus would be given to the university in exchange for the new land.
Don't believe for one minute that this hospital can be built without raising taxes. HHC officials are lying to the public and they know it. Its current revenue model cannot possibly be sustained to support the more than $30 million in added debt service to pay for the new hospital. A commenter on the Indystar.com website best summed it up:
Indianapolis residents beware. There is a lesson to be learned here about honesty and about speculative financial projections made by politicians when they want to float bonds to be guaranteed by taxpayers. This is what will happen to Marion County taxpayers with the new Wishard proposal. They tell us one thing. Then later they go "hey, we were wrong" and hand you the tax bill. Carmel officials are now telling the public their promise that the project would be self sufficient was "never a realistic expectation." That means it was a lie. The very similar sounding promises of Bob Grand and Health and Hospital that the 800 million dollars in bonds they want the property taxpayers of the County to guarantee in the Nov referendum should ring hollow. I have nothing against hospitals. We have plenty of them. I just don't believe them when they tell us they won't raise property taxes because the project will be self supporting.How does that old Abraham Lincoln saying go? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. How many times are we going to be fooled by the lying, self-dealing people who control our City-County government before we finally catch on to their ways?