It has been some time since I reported on the Parkland Memorial Hospital saga. A new article about things in Dallas draws us back to events in Texas.
Here's the title: "Ask the Editor: DMN Managing Editor George Rodrigue responds to accusations from UT Southwestern's Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky". Here's the link. Here's the lede:
Our Sunday story on patient safety indicators among Texas’ larger hospitals drew a rather heated response from Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center. His University Hospital-St. Paul finished rather badly in the standings, and Dr. Podolsky accused us of cooking the books. His theories are incorrect – we played it straight, and we included all the necessary caveats about the limitations of our data – but maybe, if you care about journalism or health care, you’ll find our dialogue to be an interesting debate. As usual in these cases, we’ve printed Dr. Podolsky’s full comments below, along with our response.
I am sure that public relations consultants across the country are viewing this as a case study in media relations.