HCA buying out Health Midwest in Kansas City area - page 2
Ok. Heard through the grapevine that HCA's offer to buyout Health Midwest which consists of several of the largest facilities in the Kansas City area is going to go through. It is expected to be... Read More
Mar 19, '03There were two major hospitals in a town I used to live, one was HCA and one was originally freestanding and then became part of Wellmont. The HCA hospital was notorious, and the other hospital was always considered much better even after it too was corporatized (not sure if that's a word but you know what I mean). and that is in TN not Florida.
Mar 19, '03but after reading some of these other posts maybe the hospital in that town was just a bad apple
Mar 21, '03HCA is a big corporation and something to remember is the corporation has it's way. They also like to buy up lots of hospitals in an area then close down a few with zero notice, so beware. Nurses here were given promises of no close down ... then one week notice and the place closed down.
I have since worked at Columbia HCA facilities but am always wary and keep my eyes and ears open. My favorite little community hospital changed a whole lot (not for the better unfortunately) when HCA took over.
Like all stigmas, there's always some truth to it. A corporation that changes handles every few years to avoid their own name has a negative stigma, and rightfully so IMO.
Mar 24, '03Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago was at one time a premier hospital with one of the largest medical residency programs in the US and a large diploma nursing program.
In the 1980's, Humana took over, did their damage then sold this hospital (and other damaged hospitals) to Columbia HCA. The place is now independent, struggling to pay their bills (they may even be in Chapter 11 by now, I don't know). We're all just waiting for the place to close and become a lakefront condo development.