Boston: Caritas Christi Warns Nurses Of Closing of Two Hospitals

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    Caritas Christi Health Care executives have told union negotiators they will shutter St. Elizabethís Medical Center in Brighton and Carney Hospital in Dorchester if they canít close a deal for the six-hospital chain to be bought by a New York private equity firm.

    The warning was made during contract talks last week with the Massachusetts Nurses Association, according to two people who attended the meeting. The association represents nurses at four Caritas hospitals.

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    Why is it always the nurses that are costing too much money? Is it all of our fault that health care costs are out of control? In this article that seems to be the focus of all their cost cutting ideas. I didn't see that they asked the physicians to take a cut. It seems that big business is hostile to nurses making a living wage. If their is to be cost cutting and salary reduction the pain should be shared.
    surferbettycrocker likes this.
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    This is too funny or not - hospitals exist so that patients can get nursing care. There would be no reason to admit someone otherwise. Every surgery, procedure, etc....could just be outpatient.
    VivaRN, herring_RN, and cherryames1949 like this.
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    It's funny how hospitals exist to provide nursing care b/c like the pp said...just get everything done outpatient if you don't need a nurse. Yet, we're always the 1st one thrown under the bus. Apparently it's our fault that healthcare costs are rising and now the gov't is looking for a new way to not pay through HCAPs. If the nurses have to have a wage freeze, then wage freezes should occur across the board starting with the CEOs and the docs. Quite frankly if the nurses aren't that important to them...since we apparently don't have the right to a decent living for our work like the rest of society b/c we're supposed to work simply out of the goodness of our hearts which doesn't feed our families...they need to replace us with those apes or nursebots...I'm sure they'll be a lot cheaper...although a lot more people will be dead.
    VivaRN, scoochy, surferbettycrocker, and 2 others like this.
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    I wonder how much they pay the gardener to care for those hedges?
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    Quote from herring_RN
    I wonder how much they pay the gardener to care for those hedges?
    I wish I could click the kudos button fifty times, that says it all.
    herring_RN and cherryames1949 like this.
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    More fallout from the sex abuse scandal.
    cherryames1949 likes this.
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    That's terrible, my grandfather had amazing nurses at St. E's.. really helped him pass on. On the other hand, Carney isn't the nicest of hospitals.

    I'm wondering what will happen to Laboure??? The nursing school at Carney...
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    More fallout from the sex abuse scandal.
    Maybe, but I disagree on balance.

    The Catholic Church simply no longer has the infrastructure of "cheap labour" in the from of the dedicated servants (sisters, brothers, etc...) to run large educational and healthcare systems.

    For the Boston area, the loss of all those large Irish Catholic ( and Italian) familes amoung others has reverberated down to affect everything from attendence at Mass to parish schools, RC hospitals and so forth.

    While the Church's mission towards the poor and such has not wavered, paying for such things, especially running a hospital is another matter. Caritas if facing the same problems that did in Saint Vincent's of Manhattan. Too many persons unwilling or unable to pay, low return rates on costs means something has to give.
    cherryames1949 likes this.
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    I work next door to St. E's and it's really devastating to see them struggle. They just renovated a large portion of the hospital, including the ED, and their patient census is steady...ED is very busy with Boston EMS sirens blaring every few minutes throughout the day. They have a U.S. Marine health center on that campus, too. Unfortunately, the hospital serves a very low socioeconomic status and underserved population. Their reimbursement rate is low being mostly state/medicaid funded and many of their patients are completely uninsured. Unfortunately, this is becoming the norm in many of our big Boston hospitals. Boston Medical Center (formerly Boston City and currently a level 1 trauma center serving THE poorest population in Boston) is eliminating jobs by the day, has had a hiring freeze more on than off for the past two years...two hospitals north of Boston are talking about closing down, which would mean one of the biggest mental health facilities around this area would be closing down. It's a shame what's happening to our hospitals, and scary to see the effects of a severely depressed economy.
    cherryames1949 likes this.

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