The special report "Shipshape management" (Jan. 5, p. 40) brings into question the editorial policy of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
In some 1996 and 1997 issues, many of the major news articles and features displayed a hostile approach toward Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., but now an outside evaluator (HCIA) reports that Columbia has 28 of the top 100 hospitals.
Your positive evaluation of Paracelsus-owned Fentress County General Hospital in Jamestown, Tenn., makes me wonder how many of the rest of the total 100 are for-profits. It is curious that not-for-profits, which have a history of dominating the healthcare system, cannot at least hold their own against young for-profit companies.
John Dale Dunn, M.D.
Lake Brownwood, Texas
Editor's note: As the story noted, hospitals owned or managed by a for-profit company accounted for 40 of this year's top 100 hospitals.