The other day, whilst reading the obituary & tributes to the Late Arnold Palmer, I came across the name LaTrobe/Latrobe on a couple of occasions. It is not a common name and it struck an immediate chord, as it would/should with any Australian, especially those in the state of Victoria.
Sir Charles La Trobe was appointed the first Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Victoria in 1851, many of the parks and gardens around Melbourne ( the state capital for those non- Australian followers) are there even today in testimony to his foresight. He is commemorated widely throughout Victoria by parks and gardens, the La Trobe Valley, a University and much more.
Sir Charles’s paternal grandmother was born in the United States, and he, himself did travel widely in the USA, in company with Washington Irving at one time.
He had many relatives in the United States amongst whom was his father’s brother, Benjamin Henry Latrobe (note the changed spelling, he was born, La Trobe, in England), the architect of the Capital Building in Washington, and other notable buildings in the fledgling United States of America.
Which brings me to the next bit, where I get back to the tributes to Mr. Palmer; before heading off on another ramble.
There appears to be an hospital,a country club, and, a town by the name Latrobe in Pennsylvannia, and Mr.Palmer was once associated with these establishments for want of a better word!
Naturally, being of a curious bent, I had to go to the WWW to trace the connection with that most unusual of names, and a jolly old time was had by all. However, one part of the journey disturbed me enormously. It was the Latrobe Hospital! 😦
Now as we all know I’ve had my fill of hospitals over the past 10 or 11 years; and at all of them I had nothing but over the top, first class, exemplary care and service (WOW). The hospitals were all about care; which is what we in Australia, have come to expect as the norm.
But in Pennsylvannia at the Latrobe Hospital that is not what this hospital is all about; it’s all about money.
Recently, I was commenting on health matters on another blog site and one of the contributors to the discussion stated :” people from all over the socialized world come to the USA to be treated in the most advanced hospitals with the newest medical procedures and widest variety of drugs”
I cannot imagine why!
Just check out the “Organization” section on the right! Can anyone think of anything as repugnant as an hospital thats main purpose is to make a profit off the sick, the infirm and the dying? I can’t!