Weren't Meredith and Callie supposed to be representing them in the lawsuit? I think that they have a responsibility to consider what Lexie and Mark would have wanted done with their share of the award, not what they want to do with it. Would Mark want Callie to sink $15 million into a failing hospital or would he want the money to go to his daughter? Unless the hospital is going to be an investment that will yield a healthy dividend for Sofia, I think that it's wrong to take her money, It's hers and her interests should be the only consideration when it comes to how it's invested until she is old enough to decide what she wants to do with it, not Callie's preferences about the hospital she will work in. Would Lexie want her money to be used to help buy the hospital or would she rather that it be used to provide her family with financial security. She was survived by her father, two sisters, two nieces and another niece or nephew on the way. Maybe she'd rather that the money go to them.
Well, the impression was that Callie was there speaking for Mark, but we got confirmation this episode that Lexie's share went to her dad. I don't think anyone there was actually speaking for Lexie. She's been pretty much forgotten and what with the guy who played their dad Thatcher being on Scandal now, they couldn't very well have him back to speak for her. It was just a huge plot hole in this messy, stupid, inane story line. I guess if Lexie's heirs decided they wanted to toss the money into saving that hospital, it would be somewhat acceptable, but the attitude Callie has about Sofia's share is gross. Sofia is a minor-child, she should have some say in how the money her dad left her is spent, and Callie should consider whether Mark would want them to plunge that money into a money pit. I do not understand how the writers could not see her attitude for the squalid and grotesque selfishness it is. She didn't spare a thought for what Mark would have wanted and she was downright offended by the notion that Sofia have a financial cushion because that amounts to wearing a tinfoil hat in her eyes.
Speaking of Callie's cavalier attitude, were we ever given an explanation for this turnaround in attitude? At the beginning, she was excited for the settlement offer because it meant that Sofia wouldn't have to take out loans for med school. Now, if she had previously been under the impression that her daughter would have to take out loans for med school, does that mean that she and Arizona didn't have much in the way of savings when the crash happened? How did we go from "Sofia can now go to college and medical school without incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt" to "oh, I have a spare $700,000 laying around that I can withdraw from the bank right now and saving money is for paranoid people?" Did we get any exposition on how Callie swung from one unattractive extreme (they made her seem obsessed with the money in the beginning which raised the questions about her previous wealth) to another? I don't get it.
The other issue is that, if they want the hospital to still be around in five years time, won't they need to take at least a few leaves out of Pegasus' book? The ER isn't going to stop being a financial black hole just because the hospital is under new management, for example. I'd have thought that the routine but lucrative surgeries like the hernia repairs and liposuction would be essential, if the hospital's finances are to remain healthy enough to allow them to keep the doors open and to allow them to do the pro bono work, research, etc. they want to do.
Right again! This is by no means the first time we've heard that Seattle Grace needs to watch its spending. Much of season six was a contrived financial crisis (the merger, Webber turning down doctors for expensive tests, and an episode devoted to Derek ignoring Webber's instructions not to do an expensive surgery for free/Webber trying to implement a cost cutting computer schedule) and this is simultaneously a retcon and retread of that. No one has given a compelling reason why the financial model of running the hospital as a facility that provides lavish services like experimental treatments and research would be enticing to investors. Nothing has been presented about how, exactly, they intend to maintain anything more than what they want in a work environment. They haven't said a word about how they foresee maintaining the fiscal health of that hospital. I see the following things as major impediments to anyone wanting to be involved in them.
1. How can Seattle Grace be a major research institution with Derek and Meredith on their board of directors or board of governors? Derek was famously blacklisted by the FDA because presumptive fellow board member Meredith tampered with his drug trial. What drug company would want to be associated with someone whose reputation was sullied in such a manner, the person who actively violated bioethics and the rights of human subjects, and the institution at which this bad behavior took place? Or, are we expected to forget that in the beginning of Season 8 this was so catastrophic that Derek moved out and hated Meredith for what had happened to him and what she did to his future in research?
2. I know Cristina is under the delusion that they should all be "doing this for Owen," but why on earth would an investment group agree to keep Owen on? According to the show, Owen was so negligent in executing his duties that the hospital was adjudicated responsible for the injuries and deaths to those on that plane because he didn't bother to check on the safety record of the airline. To make matters worse, Owen was also totally ignorant of the contract between the insurance company and the hospital, so he didn't know to implement a policy limiting the number of attendings on that flight. So, not only did he land them in legal trouble, he also destroyed the hospital's safety net (the insurance policy) which put it on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. I'm struggling to see how anyone would invest in a hospital with this guy still occupying the position from which he destroyed the hospital financially. He shouldn't even be working there. Hell, would anyone even be willing to insure the hospital while he is still there?
Meredith, Owen, and Derek are three very problematic figures in this move and I'm just wondering how they intend to resolve these things, in addition to their solution of making the ER financially solvent (this never happens) and the overall cashflow of the hospital seeing as they are turning their noses up at high volume/money making procedures. I have a feeling none of this will be covered.