Updates on McAllen and Brownsville - page 2
Hi All! So I know in the past there were some posts concerning bth McAllen and Brownsville TX but they ae usually years old. I am a new RN and pretty much the pickins are slim. TX is like the... Read More
0Mar 12, '09 by fathertodValley Baptist in harlingen has a hiring freeze (census is down, hurricane damage is still present in some rooms supposedly, other rooms havent reopened, CEO recently quit for unspecified reasons, I hear that if a RN quits they are opting generally not to fill the position but this depends on the department). Travelers are being phased out. Nurse Techs having jobs waiting for them when they finish school at the facility is iffy--at best--as of now.
(VBIC is VBHS's health plan insurance division, which is a possible cash cow or cash drain. Overall VBHS posted a nearly $30 million dollar loss on some $450 million in revenue. CEO quitting, Losses and credit downgrades in a tight credit market = disaster likelyhood is high)
"The ratings of VBIC are driven by poor capitalization as a result of unfavorable underwriting results and membership growth, which both pressured the capitalization of the health plan. Capitalization, as well as profitability, improved at the end of 2008 due to the sale of the Medicare business, but in A.M. Best's opinion, it remains low, especially for the current growth rate.
The revised outlook is due to the uncertainty VBIC experiences being an important strategic affiliate of its parent, Valley Baptist Health System (VBHS), providing quality care in the Harlingen and Brownsville service areas. Several one-time items, such as the 2008 hurricane season and current market conditions, have influenced the financial position of VBHS, thus affecting VBIC.
Offsetting factors include good membership growth across all product lines, divestiture of some unprofitable accounts in late 2008 and reduced enrollment concentration. A.M. Best anticipates operating results to normalize in the medium term but remains concerned about the pressure the member growth will have on the capitalization of the health plan. "
Valley Baptist Brownsville is probably working its way close to a hiring freeze, they are starting new grads out at $22.00 an hour. For example, they havent hosted their usual recruitment festivities for new grads in the area and are tending to take a picky/wait and see/or it doesnt matter if you choose to work here, but we'd love to have you hiring attitude. Additionally both are being flooded with apps from RN's from california and the northeast. Not currently hiring any nurse techs. My opinion of this facility is dependent upon the shift and department respectively. The ER is ok, med-surg floor is...eh...SNF is ok, PEDS sometimes never has any pts, LD is always packed, Day surgery is awesome, tele is packed but can be a pain in the rear, ICU is usually packed.
Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, which is owned by HCA, and starts new grads out at $21.50 per hr, prefers to "hire" locals as of now, however is not hesitating in hiring new RN grads from indiana, california, new jeresy, and PA. I have met 4 to 5 new grads from those areas which are now working at valley regional. They are "being flooded by applications from southern california and the northeast". They are hiring nurse techs, but have a hiring freeze on other jobs like housekeeping, etc. Turn over rate is rather high, however, they are addressing the issue. IMO its not a bad place to start out.
Doctors Hospital in Brownsville, which used to pay the best by far in the area, especially for new grads and PRN nurses...old rumors say that PRN nurses are having issues making their 40 hrs a week now.
South Texas Rehab hospital in brownsville.. i have no clue whats going on there.
Harlingen Medical Center (which is a physician owned and run hospital), which starts at around $22.00 per hr for new grads, generally census is high now due to issues at valley baptist so the rumor mill says. Valley Baptist owns some 40% of HMC, which probably means loans (for things such as payroll or operating expenses may have been floating around). Overall, I like harlingen medical center, but the financial outlook is a tad scary IMO due to its connection with VBHS. Phased out their nurse tech program around 6 months ago.
Mental health hospital in harlingen is supposedly hiring.
Knapp Medical Center is hiring, Rio grande regional medical center is hiring (~21.50 to $22.00 /hr), Mcallen Heart Hospital is hiring.