well, maybe he did it like our former CEO did - ours proclaimed we were in the red & on the verge of bankruptcy (nobody believed him). He then used this excuse to justify cutting 650 support staff, froze more than 50 vacant RN positions (he couldnt eliminate them because we are a union but he tried), took over control of hiring & refused to allow any hiring to be done, cut supplies, eliminated the nursing education dept, nurse administrators, & nurse managers. Gave the managers who were left 3 floors to manage when they used to have just one, eliminated the VP of Nursing position, demoted the DON position, and put the MD of each dept in charge of the nurses who worked there. And he ordered that everyone who didnt smile be disciplined to the max.
Basically he practically closed down the entire dept of nursing. Saved a lot of money by doing that because the nursing dept, being the largest dept, ate up about 40% of the operating budget. With no nursing dept left, some of the money saved by cutting pt care staff was put into bonuses for those managers & administrators who stayed below their budget. Those who didnt got fired. He published a book that included a whole blueprint for this kind of administrative strategy & gave all the depts a copy. (fair warning?). Every page was filled with stick people with either smiley faces or sad faces & walking towards exit doors, depending on the strategy being discussed. Talk about gall.
Anyway, just a few short months after we were supposedly "bankrupt", he closed down the streets around the hospital & threw the neighborhood a BBQ - including street festival entertainment - now proclaiming we were suddenly in the black - thanks to his superior executive skills! (and with all the money he saved by shutting down the nursing dept & cutting support staff to bare minimums - telling the remaining nurses to pick up the slack).
Then he had the audacity to flaunt it by hiring Staute of Liberty ferries to transport the hospitals high society to ELLIS ISLAND - which he had rented out for their annual spring ball!!! Can you imagine??? We were supposed to be in such dire straits & here he is celebrating with such extravagance as to rent out a national landmark and ferries for his next party! Funny behavior for Chicken Little announcing the sky was falling not so long before.
We tried to tell him we were a union & he couldnt just cut our dept out like that & we offered to help by negotiating solutions to getting over the financial crisis. He said he didnt believe in unions.
Well, he was promptly given an education on it, through 18 months of a very public RN union battle. The newspapers reported on it every week, including a surge in incidents occurring because of not having staff. The board read about what was happening to our pts every week in the newspapers. They were upset, not because of the pt care but because of their reputation but we told them we werent backing down - lives were at stake.
We won in the end & got everything reversed. Our nursing dept was re-established, manangers, VP, & DON positions reinstated & the RN positions unfrozen & recruited for. Everything back in its place & - surprise - we didnt go bankrupt.
We publically demanded that the board take control from this CEO & they did. Then they announced that they were "releasing" him from his contract.
After we got him fired, he admitted that he didnt understand the union mentality that workers in this city have, didnt expect such a fierce response from them, & that "healthcare in NYC is a whole different animal", and then he went back to the South.
To this day even the docs & some board members who hired him to do exactly what he did talk about what a mistake they made & what a nightmare he was. BUT they would never say it in print like the board member in the article did.