Walsh says he's not done reforming — and that statewide price drops will come in just a few weeks.
That's good. But I'd go further — pushing to ensure that significant savings are passed along to patients, perhaps establishing a program that gives discount blood prices to those who donated.
And as the salaries creep back up, I'd suggest Walsh and Co. give serious thought to what it means to be a nonprofit.
Because right now, OneBlood sends a very mixed message.
You tell donors they have a moral obligation to give.
Yet you tell us you couldn't even get your own CEO to walk through the door each day for less than half a million dollars.
That's a problem — one that helps make the case for those who argue that blood centers should simply drop the nonprofit façade and become the big-money, for-profit businesses they truly are.
You'd lose all the tax breaks — and the charitable designation you use to appeal to donors. But it might be more honest.
Otherwise, if you want to remain a nonprofit under the banner of benevolence and altruism, make sure you act like it.
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