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Fred Laflamme

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 23:21

One heck of an idea Stephen! Elwin Derbyshire the owner of Clermont is the right soldier to help out from the entrepreneur side of the equation. He and his family have had multiple experiences with KGH etc and have been longtime supporters of the hospital in particular and healthcare in the community in general and they are capable of "moving a lot of water"! However, your idea is big enough or dangerous enough that you may require more than one Elwin Derbyshire. An "unholy alliance" of Clermont, Springer Group, Homestead Land Holdings and Abna Developments and Construction might provide the necessary horsepower to bring this idea to fruition. Norm Springer, Britt Smith (Homestead) and Hank Doornekamp (Abna) all know how to get things done and while they don't normally work together on projects (in fact more often than not, they compete - hence the unholy alliance), this might be the perfect project for all of them to join forces and execute in unison. All are true philanthropists and all have big project experience along with the infrastructure, land holdings and capital to help launch the bricks and mortar aspect of your idea. A couple challenges you might face might be: whose name goes on the facility and how much donor capital would this direct away from KGH, HDH and St Mary's since there's only so much to go around. Regardless, I think you have an excellent idea and gathering together a crew such as above would doubtless unearth a host of other challenges but likely a few brilliant "what if we..." too. Dr. Darren Beiko, (Urology), recently completed his MBA and might be just the right young turk to help facilitate the process. As an anecdotal aside, daily newspapers used to have satellite bureaus in the communities they served to facilitate news gathering, provide better and easier access for the community to pay bills, subscribe, bring in story ideas, create reader forums etc. It was a worthwhile venture, paid big dividends, brought the newspaper and the community closer together, helped sell subscriptions and was generally an excellent business initiative. Slowly the idea died because it was an easy line in the annual budget to be stroked out as newspapers faced a tougher economic climate. However, from my perspective, it was shortsighted to cut the bureaus as it was just the first easy step in a series of steps designed to trim budgets and in the process take more away from the reader and distance the paper from the community. The apathy today between readers and newspapers has never been greater. I look forward to reading more in future blogs to see how your dangerous idea develops. It seems to me that it would be far more dangerous NOT to at least explore this fully. Good luck, Stephen! Best, Fred

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