First posted 8/29/11 on Not Running a Hospital
A series of stories at the Dallas Morning News raised some serious questions about the quality of care at Parkland Memorial Hospital. I draw no judgments about those issues. But what comes across in these stories is something equally interesting: A hospital that has chosen to take a hard line, dare I say stonewall, with the local press on issues of community concern. In an era of increasing transparency, this approach is an anachronism.
Those of us a certain generation remember Parkland Memorial as the site of President Kennedy’s trauma treatment and death in 1963, providing it an important symbol of high level care in our national consciousness. But it is also a major teaching facility of the UT Southwestern Medical Center and is prominent in its own right for many reasons.