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Old 04-18-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: East TN
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Howdy,

Funny how things work, Wall street crooks take the country for fools, the car companies tank.....there goes Exide, housing goes down.....there goes home builders.....Less sales of products......there goes Eastman...GM bankruptcy pending, there goes the dealers, various home supply companies going down, windows, etc. I can on one hand give examples of over 1000 people being laid off in the Tricities area in the last month or so.

And now it boils down to me and many others I work with. I'm a Nursing student, also a PCT/CNA at a local hospital, we are on stage 2 and approaching stage 3 of the layoffs and downgrades.

Stage 1 - Layoffs of mostly non-nursing personnel in Jan 09

Stage 2 - Reduction of benefits, reduction of perks, cutting of department budgets, hiring freeze, reduction of job offers, etc.

Stage 3 - Elimination of many positions, now mostly Nursing, direct patient care, cutting of hours across the board for Nursing staff, 36 hours or fewer scheduled hours, no overtime, no call back pay, selling of hospital assets, etc This last stage was announced yesterday, we have until June 1st to turn things around.....then maybe stage 4.....that's unknown territory.

How does Wall Street effect the Hospital, direct hospital investments in Wall street, increased borrowing costs (bonds), more indigent care, non-payers that are taken out of hide and lastly many changes to Medicare, Medicaide that is effecting reimbursement rates to the Hospital, many things not being paid for now by the Govt that were being paid and of course as many people loosing their local jobs and their insurance, we loose paying customers and our jobs as well.....dominoes.

I hate to always be a bearer of bad news, but I was told yesterday that I won't have a job in 3 months due to the economic downturn, while that hurts to a certain degree on a personal level, it's sad to see what is happening to others that have lost more than me.

If you are counting on Healthcare being a cure for the economy, don't.....not going to happen.

Tony

Sorry for the rant, but there was actually news in there, not just a rant.

The news is the start of a new stage of down turns at the hospital, more people losing their jobs and a date of June 1st to turn things around or else. Not sure what the "or else" is supposed to mean, will they do a payment demand and take over the hospital? Don't know.

The reduction of hours for the nurses is a big issue, they are losing 24 hours of work per month, that's real money.

I wonder if MHSA is going to be hiring? Wellmont isn't doing much of that for now.

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Old 04-25-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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stages 1...2...3...4...ect. Where is this chart published i am fascinated by it. Is t a Goverment chart, an industry chart or medical chart
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: East TN
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stages 1...2...3...4...ect. Where is this chart published i am fascinated by it. Is t a Goverment chart, an industry chart or medical chart
Sorry for the confusion,

Stage 1 was in Jan 09, layoffs mainly with non-nursing staff

Stage 2 was cuts in benefits

Stage 3 is ongoing nursing layoffs and cuts in hours at the hospital

Stage 4 is possible take over by the bank

Heaven help us when the nurses are being laid off due to Medicare, Medicaid cutbacks. Who's going to take care of you when you are sick?

Tony
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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FYI, JCMC can get by JUST FINE with layoffs. WAY too many chiefs, and alot of indians too!
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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FYI, JCMC can get by JUST FINE with layoffs. WAY too many chiefs, and alot of indians too!
Do you work at JCMC?
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I don't know about that. When my hubby was in JCMC he had to be put in a room for 16 hours with his knee cap off.....o..f...f, off, in pain with only one nurse for the 5 patients she was in charge of (and in pain with no one available to order different meds that might work because it was over night) to wait for an available surgeon and O.R. so they could put it back on. This was back in December, before the lay offs were talked about. They were understaffed then.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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A lot of Indians? SMG, mouse, aren't we going to delete or otherwise edit this post? It's awfully ignorant.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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It maybe Jab, but we do have to allow everyone their opinions, it isn't against the T.O.S. in any way.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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A lot of Indians? SMG, mouse, aren't we going to delete or otherwise edit this post? It's awfully ignorant.
I believe that post is just a twist on the idiom about having "too many chiefs and not enough Indians," i.e., too many bosses/administrators and not enough workers.

But I seriously doubt that any MSHA or Wellmont facilities are currently suffering from a surfeit of workers.

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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OH. I get it now. I've never heard that saying before.
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