Not for profit vs for profit facility?

  1. Has anyone had experience working in both not for profit and profit facilities? I'm interested in any insight that you may have in comparing and contrasting employment as well as patient care in these facilities.
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  3. by   Crystle_clear
    I work for a not for profit psych facility and it is sooooo wonderful. I don't know if it just my facility, but they really listen to the employee needs. There are no dangerous cost cutting measures or cutting hours. Plus, as an added perk, since it is a not for profit facility, all extra money at the end of the year is divided up and given back to the employee's as a bonus. It usually is about 1,000 to 2,000 dollars for me a year. I've never worked at a place that values the needs of it's staff as much as this facility does.
  4. by   sjb2005
    Quote from veegeern
    Has anyone had experience working in both not for profit and profit facilities? I'm interested in any insight that you may have in comparing and contrasting employment as well as patient care in these facilities.
    Worked both types of facilities. I prefer the non-profit. The profit hospitals I worked for never gave us a dime and one of them grossed over 15 million profit. Some new equipment would have been nice. Of course the non-profit are tight on OT. Patient care is better in the non-profit.
  5. by   NP2BE
    best i can tell, at least here in MS, the non profit hospitals dont pay taxes and hide under the guise of religion while they are every bit as aggresive as the for profit hospitals. There is one in particular that has been known to sue people who came there for "charity" for every last penny they had to try and settle their billl. In fact their are pending law suits over their non profit status because of these tactics.
    At least the for profit hospitals are honest about their intentions and pay taxes.
  6. by   veegeern
    Thanks for for the input...your responses are interesting. Please keep them coming.
  7. by   zacarias
    I worked for a for-profit hospital last year and now work for a non-profit hospital. As you know, for-profit hospitals are not very popular, especially on the east coast because they are so prevalent.
    I personally did not mind the for-profit hospital I worked for. It's largely in one's attitude. There were things I didn't like but there are things in every job that you don't like. I always go into a new unit or job with a completely open attitude and without dwelling on the negative.
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from veegeern
    Has anyone had experience working in both not for profit and profit facilities? I'm interested in any insight that you may have in comparing and contrasting employment as well as patient care in these facilities.
    Hi,
    One former hospital I worked at was supposed to be not for profit but, ohmygoodness, they were so aggressive and such good capitalists that I find it so hard to believe that they were not for profit. After working for them for three years I actually felt that the factory that I worked at prior was much better to its employees! when I think of the former hospital I worked at I think of the books, "nickle and dimed" and "no shame in my game" and "when wal-mart comes to town" because they seemed intent on taking advantage of employees so strongly and cost cutting and so on...hmph.

    Gen
    p.s. still burned and I have been away from them for a year
  9. by   catlady
    Quote from NP2BE
    best i can tell, at least here in MS, the non profit hospitals dont pay taxes and hide under the guise of religion while they are every bit as aggresive as the for profit hospitals. There is one in particular that has been known to sue people who came there for "charity" for every last penny they had to try and settle their billl. In fact their are pending law suits over their non profit status because of these tactics.
    At least the for profit hospitals are honest about their intentions and pay taxes.
    I have to agree. I worked for a Catholic hospital that was super cheap to its employees and not much better to its patients, but they never had trouble finding money for new stained glass. For-profit facilities have to be efficient and cost-effective in order to meet their obligation to the owners/shareholders, and that's not such a bad thing. I did find, though, that there seemed to be more layers of management in the for-profit facilities, especially as you got outside the facility level and moved up the corporate chain.

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