Lehigh Regional Medical Center

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    I was wondering if anyone is working at Lehigh Regional Medical Center?How is it? How is the patient load? What type of charting system are you using?

    Thanks!
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    I have never worked at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, but I haven't heard good things about it. I work at a hospital in Fort Myers and we receive a lot of transfers from LRMC because either: the family requests it due to poor medical care or the doctors feel as though the patients will receive better treatment at another facility. I have had several different patients/family members tell me that they wouldn't send their worst enemy to Lehigh for medical treatment.

    I do not mean to be a negative Nancy, but I just haven't heard anything good about it. I applied to Lehigh and the hospital I work at now when I was a new grad. The hospital I worked at now offered me a job first, and I jumped at it. One of the nurses I work with now used to work over at Lehigh and has told me horrible things about the facility. High patient ratios, low pay, lucky to have a CNA or unit secretary, paper charting. To be fair, she worked there 7 years ago, so things could have changed for the nursing staff. However some of my patients who transferred from Lehigh told me that they felt unsafe being a patient at that facility.

    Sorry I can't answer your questions more specifically. If you do apply and get an interview, these would all be excellent questions for the nurse manager. Good luck
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    Quote from qt2168
    I was wondering if anyone is working at Lehigh Regional Medical Center?How is it? How is the patient load? What type of charting system are you using?

    Thanks!
    I would encourage you to go to the Hospital compare web site and review the government data on the quality of service provided at Lehigh Regional and the other surrounding facilities in this area. I think you will be surprised to see that the quality scores for Lehigh are in fact higher than many of the other facilities mentioned. Over the last 2 years we have made considerable changes in our facility to improve the quality of care provided to our patients and the perception of our community. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to all of our patients and to our staff members. The nursing staff who work here are dedicated to their patients, units and community. That are involved in unit based governance projects and evidence based practice. If you are interested in seeing our facility in person I welcome you to come here and I would be happy to show you around our hospital.
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    Lehigh Regional is working it's self out of a negative area that it was placed in many, many moons ago. The patient load is about 6-7 patients, doesn't matter if it's day or night. There are plenty of CNA's on both shifts. The pay is resonable, compared to the area. They still have paper charting, but it will be changing in the near future, to comply with the rules and regulations. LRMC has also had it's share of transfer's from the monpolizing hospital and as with any type of job. You are always going to have your good stories and your horror stories. As it was said previously. Check out the government websites, also take a tour of the hospital.

    Basically, Don't always believe what you hear on the streets. Always check for yourself. Because what someone else might find negative, you just might find positive.
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    Quote from FeistyPiscesRN
    I have never worked at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, but I haven't heard good things about it. I work at a hospital in Fort Myers and we receive a lot of transfers from LRMC because either: the family requests it due to poor medical care or the doctors feel as though the patients will receive better treatment at another facility. I have had several different patients/family members tell me that they wouldn't send their worst enemy to Lehigh for medical treatment.

    I do not mean to be a negative Nancy, but I just haven't heard anything good about it. I applied to Lehigh and the hospital I work at now when I was a new grad. The hospital I worked at now offered me a job first, and I jumped at it. One of the nurses I work with now used to work over at Lehigh and has told me horrible things about the facility. High patient ratios, low pay, lucky to have a CNA or unit secretary, paper charting. To be fair, she worked there 7 years ago, so things could have changed for the nursing staff. However some of my patients who transferred from Lehigh told me that they felt unsafe being a patient at that facility.

    Sorry I can't answer your questions more specifically. If you do apply and get an interview, these would all be excellent questions for the nurse manager. Good luck
    You honestly shouldn't slam or comment on something that you have no clue about. Did it ever cross your mind that Lehigh Regional is not able to care for some of the patients due to the type of specialized care that they need? Lehigh Regional does not really have any type of specialized units. It's basically general medicine, minor surgery and some PCU care.

    I know what hospital you are at and I can tell you now, they are the most toxic employer in Lee County. They do not care about the staff, all they care about is the money and the scores. If you have been there for more than 6 months you should know this.

    Lehigh Regional is way more friendly and they care about their employee's. Maybe you should step away from your toxic environment and apply for a non-toxic nursing position with Lehigh Regional.
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    Good point southern. Personally, I'd be happy to work at Lehigh, everything you said is absolutely correct. The other hugely monopolizing organization is just that...toxic. I've not met many people that are particularly happy there as most would be gone gone gone if not for the crash in real estate.
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    Quote from ecerrn
    Good point southern. Personally, I'd be happy to work at Lehigh, everything you said is absolutely correct. The other hugely monopolizing organization is just that...toxic. I've not met many people that are particularly happy there as most would be gone gone gone if not for the crash in real estate.
    I honestly believe many would be gone if this "Toxic Organization" hadn't been allowed to "Monopolized" the Health Care Industry. But when there are 5 hospitals in 1 County and this Toxic Organization owns 4 of the hospital, along with many of the Outpatient Clinics and Doctor Offices, it leave a Nurse with no where to really go.
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    SouthernPoint,

    Have you worked at the "toxic" hospital that you keep referring to? If not, then you are doing the exact same thing that you are accusing me of doing which is talking negatively about organization of which you have no work experience with. If you had really read my previous post I stated throughout it that I have never worked at Lehigh Regional Medical Center and that the OP should go and give it a chance before listening to what anyone might have to say. I specifically told the OP that I have never worked there and only told the OP what I have heard. Not to mention, that you confirmed some of the things that I mentioned about the hospital such as the paper charting and the high nurse to patient ratio.

    I am aware that Lehigh is not a specialized hospital. That is why we receive many transfers from the facility. However, we also receive a considerable amount of transfers from Lehigh due to other reasons, the majority of which involve that the patient did not feel safe at that facility or felt discriminated against.

    If you work at Lehigh and are happy there, good for you. My post was not a slam against the nurses or staff who work there, but more about some of the things I had heard about the organization in its entirety. So unless you represent the entirety of Lehigh Regional Medical Center, I really do not see why you felt the need to go on the rampage about the "toxic" hospital that you did.

    To the OP, I encourage you to go to Lehigh Regional Medical Center and the other Lee county hospitals and check it out for yourself. I wish you luck in your job search.
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    Quote from FeistyPiscesRN
    SouthernPoint,

    Have you worked at the "toxic" hospital that you keep referring to?
    Yes. I worked for the "Toxic Hospital" for many years.

    I am aware that Lehigh is not a specialized hospital. That is why we receive many transfers from the facility. However, we also receive a considerable amount of transfers from Lehigh due to other reasons, the majority of which involve that the patient did not feel safe at that facility or felt discriminated against.
    I can tell you that "Most" of the so-called "Transfers" you get are from the ED. So since Lehigh isn't a specialized hospital, than I can see why that is happening. As for your "Claim" of "Patients not feeling safe or felt discriminated against", I find that BS. I have not seen or heard of a patient being transferred due to your claims. Anyways, Insurance is not going to even pay for something like that and what doctor is going to take a transfer like that? But Whatever.

    If you work at Lehigh and are happy there, good for you. My post was not a slam against the nurses or staff who work there, but more about some of the things I had heard about the organization in its entirety. So unless you represent the entirety of Lehigh Regional Medical Center, I really do not see why you felt the need to go on the rampage about the "toxic" hospital that you did.
    I do work there and I am happy there, so yea for me. Remember, You should never judge something you have no knowledge about. So you heard someone saying something about whatever. Do you honestly know the fact's? Nope, Just because one person might say something negative about something, doesn't mean it's the truth now does it?

    As for the "Toxic" Hospital. Well I can call them that (along with many other names) as I have been there 1st hand to see, hear, feel and taste it. I have seen my fare share of nurse's who have made a 180 degree with their bedside manner because of the way they were treated by this hospital. Yes, the "Toxic" Hospital is more up to date on many different things, but like they saying goes, Those with the most toy at the end of the game don't always win.

    To the OP, I encourage you to go to Lehigh Regional Medical Center and the other Lee county hospitals and check it out for yourself. I wish you luck in your job search.
    Maybe you should check them out and see if you might need a change in your day to day operation. You never know, you just might find yourself enjoying nursing all over again.
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    I did some clinicals at Lehigh about a year ago... Just in the couple weeks we were on the floor, there were huge improvements in the hopsital. I have a friend who just got hired into the ICU as a new grad and loves it! Good luck!


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