Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Er, thanks, we won't be needing that

In today's email:

I wanted to follow up on the information I sent regarding our private jet program. As you may know, Blue Star Jets has access to over 4,000 different jets that can be accessed in as little as 5 hours anywhere in the world. We were also quoted in the Wall Street Journal as one of the most cost effective ways to fly private. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss an upcoming trip in more detail.
I look forward to earning your business and becoming your private aviation provider.
Best regards,
David Parrillo Jr.
Blue Star Jets
Any Jet. Any Time. Any Place.
Blue Star Jets Rated #1 Most Prestigious Jet Service, Luxury Institute, 2008

8 comments:

Matthew said...

There's a Luxury Institute! Thank god. I was worried about what to do with my conspicuously unnecessary knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Blue Star? Isn't Blue Star a reference to the "greed is good" Wall Street mantra from the 80's? Might be a great time to change the company name (like AIG) in light of what's come down the pike from Wall Street recently. And what does this have to do with healthcare??????????

Logan said...

UPMC has no problem using private jets...somebody should tell them it isn't needed!

Paul Levy said...

Anon 3:57,

Who says all things here have to be about health care? :)

That being said, I thought it ironic to get the email in the midst of trying to cut $20 million for our budget.

Ramesh said...

Paul,

It would have been better not to post this message. Sure, its completely inappropriate for you and the hospital, but Blue Star is running a legitimate business and shouldn't be ridiculed. A polite and private no thank you would have been more appropriate, I suggest.

Paul Levy said...

Dear Ramesh,

Spam emails are fair game, I think.

tfringer said...

Actually, even though not a healthcare topic, I found it relevant to the stream of stories here. We are suffering through a downturn in the economy that hurts the majority of citizens in our country . . . yet there are still many who are very well off. Kudos to them.

Paul and the chiefs at BIDMC, though probably reasonably well off, chose to do something about it, by donating $350,000 to a fund to protect against layoffs. Rather than leading the corporate lifestyle (Ramesh: why do you think the e-mail was sent to Paul, by chance? They know who to target), Paul and his chiefs are doing just the opposite and promoting austerity.

By the way, Paul, you are taking some unfair hits on the Globe web site about your former sleeping surgeon. Lots of vitriolic missives, a few directed at BIDMC. Sounds like the immediate event (or at least how it is described in the paper) was not handled the best on the front line, but the result was (terminated. His story may be a candidate for your Grand Rounds piece!

PJ Geraghty said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one they keep calling. When the economy started tanking, it seemed like every private jet operator was on the phone trying to get me to use their planes to fly organs around. Good grief.