Hospital Marketing FAIL

  1. Nurses, how many times have you seen bad or poorly planned marketing in healthcare? Please share your comments and stories.

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  3. by   Orca
    That is brilliant. A 30 minute "promise", and a billboard that shows that they don't meet it.
  4. by   VickyRN
    This is a huge fail in the Eastern part of North Carolina, and a public relations disaster:

    Beaufort County To Push For ER In New Health Care Clinic
    Last edit by VickyRN on Oct 11, '13
  5. by   beckyboo1
    I never liked the idea of "call in your reservation to our ER and avoid the wait" either. Exactly how is that fair to the people who are already there?
  6. by   EuropaRN
    That is in my city! Unfortunately I work for the other hospital and can't say anything about that specific hospital's wait time other than it usually is not that long.
  7. by   Esme12
    Now THAT is funny!!!

    Have we gone so far to promise wait times in the ED. Once again I am speechless. This is not the only ED that does this. I find this concept sad.

    If you can probably don't need the ER. Those who need to be there will be seen first. Those who don't...wait.

  8. by   Yuppers21
    We have a sign similar to that in my area for a different hospital. Even though there is no time limit promise, I still hate it. It gives the impression that the hospital has more control over something than it really does. Sure, processes can be implemented to improve the system, but I can't see how any ER can make any promises about wait times. It encourages people to be selfish and uncaring towards their fellow community members - "i dont care if so and so is sickier, I've been here past my guaranteed wait time!" Who in the world would approve of this ad campaign?
  9. by   proudnurseRN
    That hospital changed their signs around a year ago so there was no longer a "30 minute" promise. Now I think the signage reads "Quick ER" or something similar. KateICURN- we must be coworkers.
  10. by   amoLucia
    That sign would have been so neat for David Letterman or Jay Leno to expound upon!!!
  11. by   Crux1024
    Our hospital had some pamphlets printed about the heart center...only the EKG they used as part of the background print was running backwards, (as if you'd be reading a normal EKG from right to left) A minor flaw and you won't notice unless you can read EKGs, but damn, it still bothers me to this day.
  12. by   SionainnRN
    One of the ERs I work at has a 15 min gaurentee.
  13. by   schnookimz

    How about this one? I cropped the hospital name out at the bottom.
  14. by   EmergencyRNBSN
    When I am sitting out at triage I always want to tell people, "congratulations you are going to sit out in the waiting room for a few hours, I have determined that you stand a 0.5% chance of having a life threatening emergency and you should instead of complaining about the anticipated wait, feel badly for the people I take back in front of you".

    Think our managers would go for it?