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QUENTIN L. COOK
Quetin L. Cook, Mormon Apostle, President of the Mormon owned Ricks College.
| He was born in Logan, Utah. Quentin was one of three children born to Bernice and J. Vernon Cook.
At 15, Quentin joined in his brother’s struggle to decide between medical school and a mission. “We reasoned together,” says Elder Cook. “Was a mission just a good thing, or was it something to do because the gospel is true? My brother chose a mission, and that thought process became a changing event in my life.”
After Quentin’s mission to England from 1960 to 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Gaddie, in the Logan Utah Temple on November 30, 1962. He graduated from Utah State University in 1963 and from Stanford Law School in 1966.
As residents of Hillsborough, California, and the parents of three children, the Cooks immersed themselves in family, church, career, and community. For Elder Cook, commitment to career resulted in 27 years as a business lawyer and three years as president of California Healthcare Systems. Commitment to community led to 14 years of volunteer service as a city attorney. Commitment to church resulted in 15 years in the San Francisco Stake presidency and service as a regional representative and later as an Area Authority in the North American West Area.
“In my life, picking up one end of the stick has meant commitment to picking up the other end also,” says Elder Cook, whose early but firm grasp of the gospel of Jesus Christ has resulted in a life of good works and a commitment to future service as a Seventy.
Elder Cook was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 1998 from which he was released on October 6, 2007.
| Here are four quotes, the first two about the apostle and the latter two about the con-man. The third indicates that the con-man was, in fact, CEO of CHS, just like the apostle. Thus, I'd say it's the same guy.
"For Elder Cook, commitment to career resulted in 27 years as a business lawyer and three years as president of California Healthcare Systems. Commitment to community led to 14 years of volunteer service as a city attorney."
"In 1963, Quentin Cook received a Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Stanford University in 1966. He lived in Hillsborough, California for 27 years, working as a business lawyer and managing partner of a San Francisco law firm, then as the CEO of California health care company. He also served his community for 14 years as a volunteer city attorney."
"In 1996 California Healthcare System and MGH were merged into Sutter Health, Sacramento. Quentin Cook by then also was CEO of CHS. His 1995 CEO salary was $311,479 just from CHS. The same year Buhrmann paid himself $379,401 as MGH CEO. Buhrmann, in the 1996 merger also became a Sutter official."
'Millions of dollars of public assets were transferred to the MGH shell corporation in 1985. Probably the comment of a county supervisor at the time, Gary Giacomini, was the most memorable about the event: "The biggest theft of public property in Marin's history."'
| You know, I wonder whether the LDS Church accepted tithes and offerings from millions of dollars that were diverted from this public hospital to an account in the Cayman islands. Do you think he paid tithing on this 'increase'?
By the way, to clear up the point about legality somewhat:
Siphoning money from a non-profit to a for-profit entity is legal. Marin General, a hospital owned by residents of the Marin Healthcare District (all of Marin except Novato), has been a victim of that since its 1985 privatization. Siphoned money is patient revenue diverted from patient care. For years privatized Marin General had diverted millions of dollars, but that role has now been assumed by Sutter Health.
Buhrmann and Cook were then public employees. It is violation of California Government Code, Section 1090, for a public employee to make contracts that benefit himself. Both Buhrmann and Cook left public employment to join the private Marin General Hospital Corp. The lease, therefore, is illegal. Buhrmann and cook graciously supplied all the necessary evidence to make the district board's case solid.
See? Clear as mud.
More interesting tidbits:
In contract Gary Giacomini, then a county supervisor, called it "the biggest theft of public property in Marin's history."
On the effectiveness of the privatization:
Marin General Hospital is a case in point. Marin General was sold to CHS in 1985. It is now $46 million in debt.
According to Doctor Norman Carigg, who has been with the hospital for 36 years, "the quality of patient care is at its nadir now. Part of the blame can be placed upon managed care," but Carigg places the rest of the blame on CHS, which he says has siphoned millions of dollars to its San Francisco offices.
Perhaps the most interesting, or at least clear, of all:
Marin General Chief Executive Officer Henry Buhrmann and Charles Mason, former head of Mills-Peninsula, each led his respective hospital district into a privatization deal. Each subsequently became the top executive of the nonprofit that leased the formerly public hospital.
Quentin Cook -- an attorney formerly with the San Francisco law firm of Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson and Horn -- represented the districts in both deals. Cook became the attorney for the nonprofit health care organizations created in those deals to lease the once-public hospitals.
In their lawsuits, the districts allege that Cook and the CEOs violated a conflict-of-interest law preventing government employees from participating in transactions in which they stand to gain from the outcome. Therefore, they argue that the 1985 hospital leases, which are still in place, are invalid.
Both districts allege that those leases heavily favor the nonprofits -- now part of Sutter -- leaving the public with little say in health care issues and virtually no income from the hospitals. "There's a mission that district hospitals have, and there's a mission that nonprofits have, and they are not the same," says Marin Health Care District Board Member Linda Remy. "District hospitals are the only form of organization for hospitals where the mission is to serve everyone in the community."
Quentin Cook was employed simultaneously as general counsel to the Healthcare District and as counsel to an existing corporation renamed MGH Corp. He created California Healthcare Systems (CHS) which owned Marin Health Systems (now Marin Community Health (MCH)), the entity that manages MGH Corp (56). Then Cook became CEO of CHS (57). In that role, he negotiated the 1995 Sutter/CHS merger. He became a Sutter Vice President, resigned in 1996, and became a missionary for the Mormon Church (58). His law firm remains counsel to MGH Corp.
"The covert purpose of the lease was to remove decision making from public oversight and review without vote of the district residents. Attorney Nancy McCarthy then wrote and the Calif legislature passed a law requiring that similar transfers of healthcare district assets need a vote of district residents "
"Professional staff who brought violations to the attention of the District and/or State regulators have been harassed, reprimanded, fired, transferred, and sued."
| || Cook Vs. Oaks: Two Sitting Apostles In Open Disagreement Over Whether LDS Church Practices Polygamy |
Monday, Apr 21, 2008, at 07:42 AM
Original Author(s): Steve Benson
Topic: QUENTIN L. COOK -Link To MC Article-
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| According to Mormon apostle Quentin L. Cook, as quoted by the LDS Church-owned KSL newsradio station:
"Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called Mormons, do not practice polygamy, and they have not practiced polygamy for over a century."
Yet, by his own admission and practice, fellow Mormon apostle and eternally blessed multi-wifer Dallin H. Oaks expressly contradicts his colleague Cook, claiming exactly the opposite in Oaks' own acknowledgment of what faithful Mormons currently are up to behind the secrecy-veiled walls of their present-day temples:
"When I was 66, my wife June died of cancer.
(Dallin Oaks, "Timing," speech delivered at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 29 January 2002, http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader...)
"Two years later--a year and a half ago--I married [in the LDS temple] Kristen McMain, the eternal companion who now stands at my side."
OK, you two at-cross-purposes Brethren, let's get ready to rummmmmmmmblllllllllllle . . . :)
| The speaker was Quentin L Cook, Apostle.
He was telling a story about a purse that had been left behind at a church event by a Young Woman and how her leaders and he went about trying to determine who the purse belonged to. (Why in the world it wasn't simply turned over to the lost and found is a mystery to me, but...)
So, they proceeded to go through the contents of this young woman's purse and the women leaders commented to him about everything they found as they went though its contents!
Outrageous! They commented about her breath mints, a reciepe for Black Forest Cake that was going to be baked for a friend's birthday (Oooh she's a homemaker!!! Yuck!) Etc. (I can only imagine what would have been the comment if they had pulled out a tampon or a condom)
But the most ridculous statement was how the first thing they pulled out of her purse was a Strengthening the Youth Pamphet and a small notebook filled with 3 pages of her favorite scripture quotes! Really? Seriously? Yeahhh...right.
Clearly this is a false story. There is no way this is true.
No way a young woman is going to have her id/wallet in the bottom of her purse and a church pamplet and notebook of favorite scripture right at the top (like its accessed and referred to constantly) Sorry-its just not a true story.
Another question-why was it necessary to go through a clearly personal journal? 3 pages of quotes? Yeah, you just had to go through and read them all, right? All in the interest of finding out who the purse belonged to, right? *rolls eyes*
No boundaries whatsoever. The end always justifies the means.
Of course, that's irrelevant-BECAUSE THE STORY IS FALSE.
It's faith promoting-so that's all that matters.
Does anyone else think this is a bit much???
| || Cook Advised That Women In The Church Should Not Be Judgmental Of Those Women That Chose To Work |
Monday, Apr 4, 2011, at 08:30 AM
Original Author(s): Amidarknow
Topic: QUENTIN L. COOK -Link To MC Article-
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| Cook advised that women in the church should not be judgmental of those women that chose to work.
But, Cook advised that the “better” choice is to stay at home. This makes those that make the “better” choice in a position of a higher righteousness and that their sacrifice will gain them more blessings and that the lord will be more pleased. Now tell me. How can that judgment be withheld now? Working outside the home is the “lesser” choice. He portrayed it as selfishness with ONE example when millions should have been sampled. He all but said that a woman working outside the house is on that slippery slope to selfishness/unrighteousness but hey, let’s not judge them too harshly now that I have set it up so that those that do judge are still the more justified women. Good for you Cook! Ya got to love mental manipulation via words and these guys are good. Only the non-ignorant and those with critical thinking skills can spot the fallacy in his words. Critical thinkers can see straight through to what he is really saying and see him for what he is actually portraying regardless of his “don’t judge them” smokescreen.
Shall we judge the wife of a man who is a carpet cleaner and not a dentist/lawyer/businessman who cannot afford to stay home if the bills are to be paid? It seems he left out a good example that morally and ethically is the “better” choice for the carpet cleaner’s wife. But that wouldn’t be faith promoting would it?
And being out in the “world” could cause her to (heaven forbid) begin to think differently because that would lead to children being taught what mom was a thinkin and that leads to atheism, apostasy (we hope) and homosexuality, autism, cleft palates, hermaphrodites, left handedness, reading un-approved books, people with left eye blue, right eye brown and last but not least, the drinking of tea.
Everything about Cooks talk was, in a nutshell, narrow. He and the GA’s are “Masters of Omission”.
This kind of instruction should only work on children, not adults but as the mormon message boards attest the church puts intellectual children out by the bushel. I used to be one of them. No longer.
| From Quentin Cook:
"Some have emerged themselves in internet materials that magnify, exaggerate, and in some cases invent shortcomings of early church leaders. Then they draw incorrect conclusions that can effect testimony. Any who have made these choices can repent and be spiritually renewed."
Unless I missed something, Mr. Cook failed to explain why the most damning evidence from the church comes from church sources like Family Search or FAIRS/FARMS or Journal of Discourses. What is on the so-called anti-Mormon websites can almost always be confirmed by a Mormon source. The difference is that the Mormon source interprets the meaning to be completely different that logic would dictate it is. You are asked to suspend your intellectual response to said information and replace it with one of their programmed responses. But the information, damning as it is, remains the same.
| || If We Stay Silent, Then They Get To Define Us (re: Quentin Cook's Gc Talk) |
Sunday, Oct 7, 2012, at 10:25 AM
Original Author(s): Just A Thought
Topic: QUENTIN L. COOK -Link To MC Article-
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| From today's Salt Lake Tribune:
Quentin Cook said "some have immersed themselves in Internet materials that magnify, exaggerate, and, in some cases, invent shortcomings of early church leaders," causing them to draw incorrect conclusions that can affect testimony.
But he said it's not too late for such Mormons. When members' commitment is weakened, he said, they should immerse themselves in the scriptures and repent to be "spiritually renewed."
Of course they want us to leave the church alone after we leave the church. If exmo's keep our mouths shut while church leaders get to have a fat microphone in front of their face, then they get to define who we are.
And according to them, the story of who we are hasn't changed much over the years. We are still morally weak, sinful and in need of repentence and renewal.
| An Open Letter to Elder Quentin L. Cook, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dear Elder Cook,
I am one of those formerly spiritually lost and "apostate" souls whose testimony was destroyed by falsehoods I found on the evil internetz. But on Saturday night, following your advice at General Conference, I repented of my disillusionment, and it totally worked.
"Some have emerged themselves in internet materials that magnify, exaggerate, and in some cases invent shortcomings of early church leaders. Then they draw incorrect conclusions that can effect testimony. Any who have made these choices can repent and be spiritually renewed." - Quentin L. Cook, October 2012.
Now that I've repented, I cannot believe the ludicrous lies I used to believe about Joseph Smith and the foundational doctrines of the church. I no longer believe those outrageous lies; not even one little bit.
A few examples of the lies I've discarded through my repentance last night after your General Conference talk on Saturday morning:
I no longer believe the lie that Joseph Smith sold his services looking for buried treasure with a peep stone that he used to look in his hat with. I've also discarded the lie that this "Ouija Board" Joseph used was the same method he used to translate the Book of Mormon. Respected LDS Historian and "Rough Stone Rolling" author Richard Bushman totally lied and deceived me.
Elder Russell M. Nelson also endorsed this stone in hat method of translation of the Book of Mormon in his July 1993 Ensign "A Treasured Testament" talk. You might want to have a quick chat with him to get his talk corrected. Like, pronto.
You get the picture. I used to believe a lot of vicious lies, all of which are found in LDS or LDS-friendly sources I read about on the evil internetz. I guess these LDS and LDS-friendly sources are anti-Mormon too.
- no longer believe the lie that Joseph Smith gave several multiple conflicting accounts of the First Vision. Joseph Smith's own journals have obviously been tampered with.
- no longer believe the lie that all DNA research to date shows the indigenous Americans are of Asian rather than Hebrew descent. The scientists are obviously all lying just to thwart the Mormons.
- no longer believe the lie that the only surviving Egyptian papyrus that Joseph used for the Book of Abraham - which has the Facsimiles on it - does not match Joseph Smith's translation. Both LDS and non-LDS Egyptologists, including those at FARMS, are just testimony destroyers and deceivers.
- no longer believe the lie that Joseph Smith married 14-year-old girls. LDS-owned FamilySearch.org listing Joseph's teen brides on his index totally needs to be corrected immediately.
- no longer believe the lie that Joseph Smith married women already married to other living men at the same time. Respected LDS historian and scholar Richard Bushman lied about that. Time to remove his book "Rough Stone Rolling" from Deseret Book and the LDS Church History Museum store in Salt Lake. It's totally obvious to me now that the book is anti-Mormon.
- no longer believe the lie that Joseph Smith denied practicing polygamy when he, according to FAIR, FARMS, FamilySearch.org and LDS historians, really did practice polygamy. It's time to get rid of Volume 6 of the History of the Church that contains Joseph's denial of polygamy.
- no longer believe the lie that Brigham Young taught that Adam was the only God and Father that the Latter-day Saints should be concerned with. By the way, that lie is in the Journal of Discourses...might want to delete it pronto.
But thanks to your talk, I repented. And now I know the truth: official LDS and LDS-friendly sources on the evil internetz tell lots and lots of lies about Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, the First Vision, the Book of Mormon and everything else you can think of about the Lord's church.
Thanks for encouraging me to repent of my disillusionment and bringing me back to the fold.
We should ban Rough Stone Rolling, edit Joseph's journals, delete part of the History of the Church, delete part of the Journal of Discourses, revise FamilySearch.org, correct Elder Nelson's 1993 talk and distance ourselves from FARMS publications. We must remove and stop these absurd and outrageous lies that led me astray in the first place.
Your brother in combating online falsehood,
| Grand Jury Examines MGH
On June 4, the Marin County Grand Jury issues its report: "Marin General Hospital: Moving Beyond the Impasse." Its 16 pages are crammed with information, observations and ideas for improving what in the end is patient care. The report is thoughtful and meaningful for those of us in the Marin Healthcare District (all of Marin except Novato). Previous Grand Juries issued reports but I recall none this comprehensive.
Many Marin residents are unaware that MGH belongs to the public as do school districts, for example. District taxpayers paid for the hospital opened in 1952 on donated land. An east wing was added and more recently a west wing. The west wing is known to be seismically safe by current standards. Most of the inpatients are in that wing. The hospital additions were financed with revenue bonds. Since hospital bond revenue is not taxable, interest costs are acceptable.
For years MGH has been self-sustaining and profitable. In fact, it is a cash cow for its current operator, Sutter Health, the Sacramento-based hospital chain. Sutter acquired a 1985 hospital ease in 1996. The hospital is scheduled to return to community control in 2015 when the lease expires.
The 1985 MGH Lease
In 1985 the hospital attorney, Quentin Cook, and its CEO, Henry J. Buhrmann, presented a 30 year lease to the five elected directors who signed without dissent. A shell corporation was formed with the hospital attorney and CEO assuming similar positions in the privatized hospital. Late 1985 millions of dollars of public assets were transferred to the new corporation which began operation behind closed doors. It still lacks transparency.
The public did not know. There were poorly-publicized meetings, inadequately covered by the local press. Dissenters were hardly noticed. I read the lease and wonder how anyone could sign it but one of the signers, Dr. Peter Eisenberg, was wildly enthusiastic about it for years. In contract Gary Giacomini, then a county supervisor, called it "the biggest theft of public property in Marin's history."
The privatized MGH "affiliated" with California Healthcare Systems in San Francisco in 1986. Millions of dollars of patient revenue made one-way trips across the Golden Gate Bridge. The one-way money flow changed direction in 1996 when the San Francisco operation and MGH merged into Sutter Health. Quentin Cook, then CHS president, became a Sutter vice-president.
The elected district board was dominated by management sycophants. Early 1996, at the behest of Buhrmann, MGH joined Sutter's "obligated group." It took the votes of three directors: Dr. Larry Bedard, Valerie Bergmann and Suzanna Coxhead. Bedard and Bergmann are history but Coxhead remains at the only Sutter sycophant on the elected board. What are the obligations? Any time there is more money in the hospital bank account(s) than needed for 14 days operation, Sutter has the right to sweep. This is known as "excess cash transfer." What I consider more dangerous is that MGH became on of the guarantors of Sutter's massive aggregate debt.
MGH Since the 1996 Election
November 1996 the renaissance began. Sylvia Siegel, a nationally recognized consumer advocate, was elected to the board and swept Linda Remy into office with her. What with Dr. Diana Parnell already on the board, for the first time ever the board could be called consumer-oriented. The current board has four strong consumer advocates and Suzanna Coxhead.
The Healthcare Board in 1997 made an attempt to return the hospital to community control. The basis of a lawsuit heard in Sacramento Superior Court was that Buhrmann and Cook violated California Government Code, Section 1090, which prohibits public employees from making contracts to benefit themselves. The Sacramento judge ruled that the four years statute of limitations had been exceeded. She made no ruling on the merits of the case. The California Supreme Court concurred. By case law the judge could have considered the case because there is traditionally no time limit when public property is involved.
MGH in 2004
From the health consumer standpoint the public has the best elected board since I began following it in 1974. However, it is basically powerless because the 1985 lease takes most responsibility from the board. The Grand Jury report finds the District Board "weak and ineffectual." This is correct and it could be remedied by a lease that restores oversight to the directors. It will take either a consumer-friendly lease or 2015 when Sutter is scheduled to depart to alter the role of the District Board, sorry to say. The board is inadequately funded which makes matters worse. When a consultant is needed, for example, there are no funds available.
"MGH Corporation/Sutter is arrogant and uncooperative." I would not challenge that assertion about an entity that operates secretly. More transparency would be welcome. Elected board requests for information could well be handled in a more timely manner. The Grand Jury and I share these opinions.
The Grand Jury was concerned about disruptive behavior at Healthcare Board meetings. This is easily resolved by the chair. For example, when Director Dr. John Severinghouse took over the June meeting, it went smoothly. The June meeting was not raucous. None need be. Of all areas covered by the Grand Jury, this is most easily resolved by an appropriate chairperson. Sometimes the misbehavior at board meetings is from Sutter. MGH and Novato Community Hospital CEO, the volatile Margaret Sabin, once called Dr. William Rothman a "fool." That stopped the meeting for five minutes.
The Grand Jury was dead wrong that public comments should be limited to two minutes. The current three minutes often are not enough.
What Lies Ahead
MGH quality of care issues never seem to end. An 80 page Federal Government investigation reported in the Marin Independent Journal April 11 described more than 50 separate patient-endangering deficiencies. Sutter spends a fortune on display ads and mailings, money that could be diverted to patient care.
Above all, Sutter is a bottom line business. Expect no services at MGH that are not profitable for Sutter. For example, in 1999 when Ross Hospital closed, Marin County psychiatric beds dropped from 59 to 17. What with 42 fewer beds, children and adolescents requiring inpatient care must be sent to another county with available beds. Treatment of an adolescent with acute psychosis, such as a schizophrenic break or from drugs, becomes enormously difficult. MGH had 17 adult psychiatric beds in 1999 and not one bed more in 2004.
Sutter's primary interest if not MGH, it's Sutter. Endoscopy (e.g. colonoscopy) is a lucrative part of hospital outpatient service. Sutter is involved in a joint venture with local endoscopists on South Eliseo. Sutter, not MGH, is the beneficiary. Medi-Cal endoscopy remains at MGH. Dismembering a hospital does not strengthen it.
Sutter is campaigning to extend the 1985 lease beyond 2015 and offers to build a new wing if Sutter gets its way. What Sutter does not tell you is that the revenue to pay for the new wing will come from MGH patients. MGH can be seismically upgraded with onoing revenue. A new wing would be nice but is not mandatory. A new wing can be financed with revenue bonds floated by the Hospital District. Sutter could have both a new wing and not the financing responsibility. Sutter then could be gone by 2015. Mercifully!
| In April of 2011, Quetin L. Cook stated:
"We noted that from our earliest history both men and women pray, perform the music, give the sermons, and sing in the choir, even in sacrament meeting, our most sacred meeting."
Women praying in Sacrament meeting from the earliest history? No, Cook, your Church wouldn't allow women to pray until 1978 when Spencer Kimball authorized it. Read that, again, authorized.
September 29, 1978 - Women authorized to give prayers in sacrament meetings.
Of course, it was later that Gordon Hinckley again reinforced the rule that women are second class citizens in Mormonism:
"Husbands, love and treasure your wives. They are your most precious possessions. Wives, encourage and pray for your husbands. They need all the help they can get."
Women are still Mormon "possessions". It should be noted that, as far as I am aware, no woman has ever given a prayer in General Conference.
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