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Friday, February 2, 2007

Cleveland Clinic Excess

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2007 at 4:39 PM

The Cleveland Clinic recently installed 50 widescreen plasma TVs in the skyway connecting two buildings on its campus to the Intercontinental Hotel. The TVs are mounted on each side of the ceiling recesses beneath the skyway's numerous sunroof panels, so as you stroll, catch a full screen about every five steps. That's too few steps — and too many TVs -- for some clinic employees, who see them as yet another showy display at the supposedly nonprofit institution, which is already draped in expensive furnishings and artwork. They wonder why that money couldn't go to things like new equipment, more supplies, and better raises for the caretakers. (You know, the things hospitals really need.) "I'm wiping ass for ten bucks an hour, trying to do the right thing," one longtime employee told us, "and this is how they repay me?" A Clinic spokesperson says the televisions were purchased originally for the 24th Annual World Congress of Endourology, held at the hotel in August. Afterward, they were "repurposed" to communicate information to Clinic visitors and employees. The nonprofit wouldn't talk about how much money it blew. "That should be enough," we were told. Endourology, of course, is the "closed, controlled manipulation of the urinary tract," which apparently pissed all over the clinic in this instance. -- Jason Nedley

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