Quote from cheryn
Thanks for the info! I am surprised that those two hospitals are aligning/merging. Which hospital will be the lead one? I know that whenever I have checked the online job opportunities for these hospitals, Kingston had many and Benedictine had few. I always thought that said alot for which hospital people were more satisfied working for. I wonder how this joining will affect job satisfaction.
There's way too much unknown right now, but the "out" seems to be in having a parent corporation ruling over them both, like an umbrella. But there's alot of duplication of services between the two hospitals, so there's alot of talk about which hospital will have the ED, which will have main med-surg, which will have cardio/tely, which does what. But since there's different philosophies in place (and the reason both hospitals are popular!) it's hard to figure the final outcome. Primarily different OB services currently in place: Kingston offers reproductive services that Bene won't (and it goes beyond abortion, which seems to be the media's sticking point). Might just be one of those "on paper" things: the parent corporation makes it look like one entity, when they really operate as two. We'll have to wait and see!
As for employment opportunities and job satisfaction, don't let online listings fool you: what a hospital lists online and what they really have open aren't the same thing. I know that when I was looking at them both, Bene had jobs available that weren't listed, and Kingston had pretty much filled spots that they still had showing as open. And I've heard that sometimes they don't list all the available spots because it looks bad. There was a time when Benedictine had ads constantly in the paper, sign-ons and promotions for the upcoming local grads and Kingston did not...but didn't mean much: there were jobs at both
At any rate, I've seen people go from Kingston to Bene and back again. From Bene to Kingston and back again (remember, they are just a few blocks apart!). Then there's those that cross the river to work at Vassar because the pay is much nicer, but end up coming back to both hospitals because of employment stressors, environment or whatever (Vassar is unionized/mandated, neither Kingston nor Bene is).
The grass is always greener, right?
Hard to say which would look better to you in the long run....from what I've seen, and from what fellow classmates have told me at both, there's not a huge difference. People tend to stick by the one they're in (because they're in it, lol) and also tend to complain about the one they're in and romanticize the other. And then they switch
Good luck to you!