[Editor's note: Without question ISIS has the most interest in hitting Virginia Beach/Tidewater with a massive terrorist attack. Virginia Beach is the home of the ISIS-hated SEAL Team 6 - the killers of bin Laden and many other top ISIS leaders.
[With its 'head-in-the-sand, niave and stupid politicians who squader tax monies on an unwatned light rail line instead of establishing a major protection plan for its schools, and other soft targets, a terror attack in Virginia Beach isn't 'IF' but 'WHEN.' our children, churches, and shopping centers will pop up as ISIS targets. If Virginia Beach thinks its piddling planning is sufficient, then that kind of thinking only highlights its political reasoning for light rail. [Click READ MORE below for rest of the scary column ...
By Michael Thompson, Specialk to VNS
Once again, the financial numbers from the hospital industry show that it is doing very well overall. Close to 80% of the hospitals in our state are profitable. The number of hospitals running operating deficits have decreased each of the last three years.
Our study last month showed that the hospitals had made, industrywide, a year over year profit (November 2013 to November 2014) of 10.7%. Immediately the VHHA came out and said, according to WINA radio in Charlottesville, that our study was "flawed." that the hospitals "still face financial pressures," and that one third to one half of the hospitals were operating in the red.
However, the official hospital numbers on the Virginia Health Information (VHI) website don't reflect those statements. A 10.7% profit margin doesn't show an industry in financial crisis.