Originally Posted by beers
"Hey, we need some PR"
"How about a hospital? Nobody can say anything bad about you if you help with a hospital"
At least the effort is there for doing something good, even if there's ulterior motives (PR, tax breaks, proving their worth in a medical environment so they win more contracts, etc).
Originally Posted by karan.t
-1 for building it in Stanford, near Palo Alto, CA
why not in a poor town in Asia somewhere?
See the answer above ^
If Apple and all the other companies' intentions were in the right place, they would build the hospital in a poor region where it actually needed. There's no need for a $2 billion hospital in Palo Alto.
But on the other hand, do you think a poor region will have the money to purchase additional Apple, HP, etc. products to further furnish the hospital after it's been completed? Not likely. Apple and the other companies see this as an investment from with they will earn returns; it's not a donation for the better of humanity by any means.
I can't blame them for the idea though; it's a pretty good one. However, they certainly should not be hailed for their "donations." It's just another strategic business move.Edited by RapidFireGT - 2/23/11 at 7:09pm