Trusting my instinctsto be wrong, Sept. 27, 2005 By Andy Prutsok 06/03/2006 I was somewhat proud that broke the story first Monday on the planned merger of Obici Hospital with Se

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

I was somewhat proud that broke the story first Monday on the planned merger of Obici Hospital with Sentara Healthcare.

This was no great work on our part. A kind reader, who has a relative working at Sentara, alerted me to the development early in the day. I went to the Sentara Web site and found it was posted there.

Although our Web site story said "Staff report" it was merely the Sentara release copied and pasted. I wasn't trying to deceive anyone with "Staff report" on the story, it's just the way our Web site stories are formatted. There has to be some type of byline. It's all I could think of at the moment.


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All I could think of once I heard it was what former Suffolk News-Herald publisher Amedeo Obici ( who also founded a little peanut company here and left some money for a hospital) would think of this development.

With no available art to go with the story, I plucked our stock Amedeo photo off the server and posted it with the story. The obvious caption for the photo was "Rolling over in his grave? Yadda, yadda, yadda."

That's how the item was originally posted and stayed that way for about 20 minutes until I thought better of it. Having been accused on an average of about three times a week over the course of my 19-year marriage of insensitivity, I wondered, "Gee, is that insensitive."

Frankly, I didn't think so, but having learned that my instincts on such issues are typically wrong, I decided to rewrite the caption and repost it.

Sure enough, I received one email moments after I had changed the caption with a complaint about it.

That's what I love about the Internet, you can post things immediately and also change and cover up errors in judgment immediately.

Incidentally, after talking with Obici Board Chairman Sam Glasscock, who was cool as a cucumber under questioning about the merger Monday, I decided that Mr. Obici was not rolling over in his grave over the merger. In fact, he was probably smiling, knowing that Suffolk's access to quality health care has likely been secured well into the future. I wonder if that's insensitive?