[Vision2020] Gritman aims to oust Swanson

Debi Smith Debismith at moscow.com
Mon Jul 3 18:00:03 PDT 2017

When an organization that provides an enormous public service refuses to 
police itself, even when given facts and information that cry "ethics 
violation", whistle blowers are a valuable commodity. Bringing the 
ethical matters to community attention is a boon to the community. While 
no "legal" lines may have been crossed, I am concerned about the 
nepotism and lack of transparency in an organization upon which so many 
of us depend.

Debi Robinson-Smith

On 7/3/2017 11:24 AM, Rose Huskey wrote:
> Darrell, you are are a decent and generous man.  While we disagree on 
> this topic I am glad that we do so respectfully.  I do not have the 
> access to any more information that you do – (and probably less at 
> that) although I do know several of the board members.  Because I do 
> not play well in groups I have limited much board experience.  I 
> freely admit that I am not a particularly patient person when adults 
> in leadership positions act in self-serving ways.  You are absolutely 
> correct in mentioning that  “whistle blowers” often take a lot of heat 
> .  However, I believe they sleep better at night because they don’t 
> have the weight of a guilty conscience on their mind.  Personal 
> courage and ethical behavior furnish a comfortable shelter in 
> turbulent times.
> Take care, and again thank you for all you do.
> Rose
> *From:*keim152 at gmail.com [mailto:keim152 at gmail.com] *On Behalf Of 
> *Darrell Keim
> *Sent:* Monday, July 3, 2017 10:50 AM
> *To:* Rose Huskey
> *Cc:* Moscow Cares; Moscow Vision 2020
> *Subject:* Re: [Vision2020] Gritman aims to oust Swanson
> Rose:
> You should-in no way-be reading into this me taking any position on 
> the charges BJ has made.  I am not expressing an opinion for or 
> against the stand she has taken.  I don't have the facts other than 
> those in the paper, and all the bard members I know appear to be fine, 
> upstanding, dutiful people.
> BJ may be a board member gone rogue when dissatisfied with board 
> behaviors, or a courageous whistleblower.  I don't know.
> I write to simply point out that stepping outside the board is likely 
> to result in the actions currently being considered by the Gritman 
> board. In my experience with boards of directors, members have a 
> responsibility towards integrity, organization image, and finances.  I 
> expect this of my board members, and know Gritman has similar 
> standards.  BJ has obviously weighed responsibilities and found she 
> must take a public stance. She has thrown down the gauntlet, and now 
> the board must also weigh its knowledge and decide what it believes.
> As we all know, whistleblowers frequently pay the same price as board 
> members gone rogue.
> I do appreciate your kind words towards myself.  Thank you!
> Yours Truly,
> Darrell
> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Rose Huskey <rosejhuskey at gmail.com 
> <mailto:rosejhuskey at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Darrell, I appreciate your tireless contributions to the community and 
> the support you have organized and provided for many folks who have 
> been marginalized but I respectfully disagree with your conclusions.  
> It is courageous and honorable when organizations goes awry, 
> particularly  when the leadership is involved and profits financially 
>  from self-serving behavior that the public is alerted.  Surely you do 
> not wish this unsavory and reckless behavior to remain hidden. 
>  Silence is assent – is that preferable to shining the light of day on 
> this conduct.  Ignoring or covering up malfeasance has a long and 
> disgusting history in this county.  It is a practice that promotes and 
> protects corruption.  You would not tolerate it in your organization 
> and the community shouldn’t tolerate from the Gritman Board.
> Rose Huskey
> *From:*vision2020-bounces at moscow.com 
> <mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com> 
> [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com 
> <mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com>] *On Behalf Of *Darrell Keim
> *Sent:* Monday, July 3, 2017 9:18 AM
> *To:* Moscow Cares
> *Cc:* Moscow Vision 2020
> *Subject:* Re: [Vision2020] Gritman aims to oust Swanson
> Not surprising.  I'm not passing judgement on her claims RE Gritman.  
> Right or wrong, she took issues outside of the board and has caused 
> Gritman to lose face in the community. It was nearly inevitable they 
> would consider censure.
> I wish all parties the best as they move forward maintaining Gritman 
> as a healthy and vital community resource.
> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 12:45 AM, Moscow Cares <moscowcares at moscow.com 
> <mailto:moscowcares at moscow.com>> wrote:
> Courtesy of today's (July 3, 2017) Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
> ---------------------------------
>   Gritman aims to oust Swanson
>     Longtime board chair planning to resign first
> Kara Besst, Gritman Medical Center CEO, has called a private meeting 
> of the 40-member general board of the community nonprofit and is 
> asking them to remove former board chair BJ Swanson from all her board 
> positions.
> Swanson was board chair for about 16 years, before being replaced last 
> year by Greg Kimberling. She has been critical of the way he has been 
> handling two major conflicts of interest after taking over the chair. 
> Recently, she was also removed as an officer of the 10-member board of 
> directors.
> Kimberling is the broker for Gritman's hazard insurance policies, and 
> his sister owns Sprenger Construction Inc., the hospital's favored 
> contractor for several years.
> Besst's email - calling the meeting for 5:30 p.m. July 12 at Gritman - 
> was sent Friday evening.
> Swanson said Sunday by email that she was writing her resignation from 
> the board.
> "I can't compete with the money and expensive attorneys hired by 
> Gritman and am working on my letter of resignation," she wrote in an 
> email to a general board member Sunday morning. "I no longer want to 
> be associated with the Gritman Board and Administration's raping of 
> the community to enrich just a few individuals."
> "The request is following allegations by BJ Swanson against Mr. 
> Kimberling," Besst wrote Friday. "The Board has investigated the 
> allegations on several occasions and, each time, has concluded that 
> the allegations are unwarranted.
> "Instead of accepting the Board's decisions, Ms. Swanson chose to 
> publicly disparage Chair Kimberling, the Gritman Board, and Gritman 
> Leadership, and, in the process, has undermined the public's trust and 
> confidence in GMC."
> Some members of the 10-person board of directors listened to both 
> Swanson and Kimberling state their positions at a meeting Tuesday, 
> Besst said. Then all those present voted to support Kimberling. 
> Besst's email did not say they had voted to remove Swanson.
> A general board member who asked not to be named questioned whether 
> the general board had any authority under its by-laws to remove a 
> member of the board of directors.
> Another general board member reacted strongly Saturday evening. Sharon 
> Harris of Kendrick has been a critic of the way Greg Mann, another 
> Kimberling critic, was removed from the board of directors recently in 
> favor of Steve Busch, who had not previously been associated with Gritman.
> "Should we not address my concern over the way the last election was 
> held before we stack another election on top of an invalid one?" she 
> emailed general board members.
> "Come on, fellow board members, how can you keep sweeping things under 
> the rug? How long before the public notices that there is a lot of 
> stuff under the rug and it is bulging?"
> She called for the meeting on July 12 to be public since Gritman is a 
> community nonprofit.
> "I am sure I will be the next target, since anyone who challenges your 
> actions is removed," she wrote, addressing Besst.
> "As you are no doubt aware, Gritman Medical Center, Inc. ("GMC") has 
> been the subject of several articles in the local media," Besst wrote 
> in the initial email to general board members. The meeting would, she 
> wrote, "address the misperceptions and correct the record and answer 
> any questions that General Members may have."
> ---------------------------------
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares"
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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