HMA hospitals - page 2

Does anyone work in a hospital owned by HMA (Health Management Associates, Inc.)? If so, are they "employee-friendly"? What kind of staff to pt ratios do you have in your area? Are there things that... Read More

  1. Visit  MissRN0520 profile page
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    Gosh! Am blessed then! Got a job at a big teaching hospital, it is just overwhelming though...and feel i dunno anything....
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  3. Visit  Mobill profile page
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    HMA could care care less about their employees. They only care about the bottom line. A shining example is the retirement plan. There is none. They provide a 401k through Prudential which HMA stopped contributing too well over a year ago. One can only wonder what the leadership of HMA has gained from cutting the company 401k contributions.
  4. Visit  JusLikHvn profile page
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    I am so sad reading these posts. I am a new nurse that just started working for an HMA facility and, in the short time I have been there, I have seen all of the negatives and more. I figured this was just an old hospital and they are hopefully starting to upgrade...but sadly, no. The rooms are old, tiny, and dark...still semi-private which I know most hospitals have converted to all private due to infection control. It just feels that they are still in the dark ages. The Caret system they use for medication administration must be the cheapest system ever invented. I would not be surprised if the company that developed the system was about to throw it out and HMA ran and bought it up cheap. Those things make passing out meds a chore...it takes 3 times as long with those stupid Dots! I am looking to get out ASAP...just need a little experience. Wish I would have done my homework but I was just so desperate to find a job! Good luck!
  5. Visit  ctmed profile page
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    Quote from JusLikHvn
    I am so sad reading these posts. I am a new nurse that just started working for an HMA facility and, in the short time I have been there, I have seen all of the negatives and more. I figured this was just an old hospital and they are hopefully starting to upgrade...but sadly, no. The rooms are old, tiny, and dark...still semi-private which I know most hospitals have converted to all private due to infection control. It just feels that they are still in the dark ages. The Caret system they use for medication administration must be the cheapest system ever invented. I would not be surprised if the company that developed the system was about to throw it out and HMA ran and bought it up cheap. Those things make passing out meds a chore...it takes 3 times as long with those stupid Dots! I am looking to get out ASAP...just need a little experience. Wish I would have done my homework but I was just so desperate to find a job! Good luck!
    If you watch enough on day shift (if you have less than 8 patients as a RN/LPN or the entire floor as a CNA), you will occasionally see some of the head honchos escorting folks around during the day saying that they are going to expand this or that or put doctors offices here or there. Of course, it is all hot air. I remember having to move elderly patients out of rooms asap as mold was discorvered in rooms that last week's pait did not take care of.

    I also remember being sent home, only to be called back in 2 hours later when they had 2 surprise admits.

    It is also kinda cool to look at some of the backroom deals River Oaks, Rankin (River Oaks at Crossgates), and CMMC have. If you pay very close attention, many of the same doctors have exclusive deals with area Nursing Homes and the hospitals. If you have a loved one in those nursing homes, the facility makes you sign an agreement that you will only be able to choose from a list of about 3 doctors. Those doctors (not mentioning names because of allnurses TOS) have investments and/or on the board of these facilities. So, the doctor, HMA, and the area LTCs have a captive market. Do not believe me? Check out one facilities' "pediatric" unit during high census. There may be only 2-3 kids in the place. The rest will be elderly folks from the same 4-5 nursing homes and one of maybe 3 doctors. I also have some proof the doctors, admins, and leaders of Hinds and Holmes Community College are good buddies and talk with each other about making sure there is an overabundance of grads to keep down labor while putting in the Clarion Ledger that there are constant "nursing shortages". How can that be when some of these hospitals shut down entire floors during low census times like summer? Do they really mean "lack of nurses willing to work only when they want them to" for 16-18 USD an hour and your CNA making Micky D wages?

    /enough.. Im going back to my tin foil hat before the MS anti-propoganda squad comes up to Baton Rouge to track me down

    I suppose it is okay if you must get experience to hang for a bit. I got my 1 year from those folks and went agency.
  6. Visit  lyinleo profile page
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    My experience with HMA is that they are cheap and nurses are a dime a dozen. Their staffing grids are the pits. We have no secretary, poor orientation for the position, and no appreciation for the job done. Management most of the time does not know what the prevailing federal or state law is when they tell you to do something, it is often outside the law and normal practice which is disturbing. My department has had about 15 nurse quit in the past year. I want to know how many HMA hospitals have Nurses Unions in them now ????
  7. Visit  lyinleo profile page
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    My experience with HMA is that they are cheap and nurses are a dime a dozen. Their staffing grids are the pits. We have no secretary, poor orientation for the position, and no appreciation for the job done. Management most of the time does not know what the prevailing federal or state law is when they tell you to do something, it is often outside the law and normal practice which is disturbing. My department has had about 15 nurse quit in the past year. I want to know how many HMA hospitals have Nurses Unions in them now ????
    You may also want to know that last year HMA posted a 38.+ profit !!! Also check to see if the money they take out of your check for the 401K is invested in common shares of HMA stock ?????
  8. Visit  obrnangie profile page
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    Hi, I am responding to all the comments about HMA. I am a L&D nurse, and have worked for the organization 11 years of my 25+ year carrier. I work in a small community hospital that services my town. I am also a foster mom- turned adopted mother.
    I want you to see that working for a large corperation of any kind can be frustrating. People are not perfict, but the outcome is worth it. Take the DSS. You talk about BS and red tape, but I worked with the program and I am thankfull everytime I look in my son's face that I did. He was born in a HMA hospital that I work in. He was dropped off and alone when I came from L&D and picked him up. The hospital kept him for 3 days to treat and infection and drug with drawl, then let me take off to take him home and get to know my little man.
    There are people on the other side of this issue that deserve our undevided attention. There ae management changes, new policies and a whole host of other issues. Be so busy being the best person you can be that you don't have time to focus on politics or other's agenda.
  9. Visit  LMPFC profile page
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    Stay away, profit and good care don't mix well with this organization.
    Last edit by LMPFC on Aug 23, '11 : Reason: decided not to be that negative
  10. Visit  FreeLance_Nurse profile page
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    In response to the HMA question, no this is not the type of organization you want to provide quality care for. I can only speak to the hospital in Florida where I had worked for 10 years before HMA moved in, but almost immediately the hospital declined. We were promised "no changes" in the first year; no one would lose their job, etc. In less than a month, HMA had fired everyone in our transcription department and replaced them with a subcontractor. Likewise, within 8 months, the same had happened to our housekeeping, food service, and biomedical engineering departments. The staffing ratio on our floor (medical/surgical/telemetry/stepdown) had gone from 5-1 to 9-1. Older nurses were harassed, giving us no choice but to resign, and newer cheaper nurses were hired. Money was spent hand over fist to "redecorate" our lobby which had just been redecorated 3 years ago, while patient care equipment continued to break and not be replaced. Basically, their philosophy is the same as many airlines- it's cheaper to pay out a lawsuit than to pay for staff, equipment, and safety. I'm glad I'm out, I found a much better job with a company that actually cares about their clients and employees, and I wish I had done that from day 1.
  11. Visit  divxx profile page
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    NEVER EVER EVER work for HMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. Visit  avaloncar profile page
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    Was this for a hospital in MS?
  13. Visit  avaloncar profile page
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    Okay, now I am freaked out. I just got a job at a HMA hospital in MS. Is it really that bad? Does anyone else work in a HMA hospital in MS?


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