In that February interview, Burke described the faults of one King-Drew administrator in terms that could be applied to Burke. She “never put pressure on them. And some of these [bad] things resulted from that, because she just let them slide.”
To be sure, King-Drew does indeed save lives every day, but it’s also had the nickname “Killer King” for years, well before the spate of medical, financial and management disasters pushed supervisors past the tipping point.
“A lot of the proactive comes from the reactive,” said Burke months ago. “When you get enough issues being raised, you then know that something needs to be changed in the system.”
That’s one way to run a battleship: Wait until most crew members agree that you’re sinking and that it may be too late to save the ship. Maybe Burke was too much the overly indulgent parent, helping the hospital ease by, when she should have been taking out the switch.
The supervisors admitted Tuesday that change should have come long ago. Burke said so, too, but she also found a way, for better or worse, to keep her adoring masses adoring.