Largest US for-profit, HCA, purchases largest CO hospital consortium (non-profit) - page 2
So, as I understood it, HealthONE, the largest hospital consortium in CO, was controlled by a non-profit, CHF, but HCA, the largest for-profit hospital corp in the USA, bought them out of their... Read More
Jul 12, '11Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 6,090; Likes: 7,022Quote from That GuyWell, that just crushed all hopes and dreams of me ever wanting to move back to CO.
**** YOU HCA
Come to Banner!!!!!
Jul 12, '11Occupation: RN/ADN Specialty: LTC, psych, M/S, developmental disabilie ; From: US ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 1,292; Likes: 1,150Well it is starting to come out in the media that health care corportations are starting to merge d/t the 'health care reform' laws with the idea that they will have 'purchasing power' when it comes to buying supplies, ect. and supposedly will be better able to 'manage resources' is what I read. This, of course, also means they will be able to drive down wages of nurses and other healthcare personnell. It could be a good thing in other respects - it is too soon to tell IMHO.
Jul 12, '11Occupation: RN Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 2,030; Likes: 5,933This is perhaps a good time to think about unionzing with the National Nurse United. This is also probably a good time for EVERY hospital to unionize, with the changes coming to health care.
Let me direct everyones' attention to what happened in the 1990's, when "Healthcare Reform", and. "Care Redesign", took hold. Nursing budgets were slashed, nurses were laid off, nurse-patient ratios skyrocketed, nurses lost their bargaining power, salaries were cut, benefits were slashed.
Folks, 20 years ago, there were still alot of nurses who viewed the nursing profession through rose colored glasses. I hope that the nurses who survived the time,(I was one of them), have leared a hard lesson. NOW is the time to organize and take control of the nursing profession before we lose everything. Corporations are more powerful today, they have seen that they can bully the nursing profession, and we went down without so much as a whimper, let alone a fight.
Our patients have suffered terribly, and so have we. Stand up and be counted, stand up and hold your ground for safe patient care, and working conditions, that don't kill us, and cause us to lose our licenses.
NOW is the time to act. Lets pre-empt any more de skilling of the nursing profession, lets hold onto what we have won over the last few years.
Consider this the nursing equivalent to, "Custer's Last Stand". If we don't stand and put up a fight, kiss the nursing profession goodbye. And any semblance of providing safe patient care.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW
Jul 14, '11Occupation: RN Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 1,557; Likes: 2,536PVHS is trying to buy Memorial Health System in the Springs. From what I've heard about HCA, I will be glad if PVHS buys Memorial.
Jul 14, '11Joined: Dec '10; Posts: 41; Likes: 170The greed of HCA is unequaled. Bill First of HCA should be in jail for stealing from Medicare, TriCare and Medicaid. I worked there and it was the worst employment experience of my life. I absolutely saw patients die due to lack of adequate staffing.
Aug 8, '11Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 1,575; Likes: 3,709HCA's stock is down 50% since this thread was started. 50%!!! I wonder what that will mean for the working RN's of HCA...
Aug 8, '11Occupation: RN Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 2,030; Likes: 5,933Quote from CloudySkyHCA employees, past or present, need to go public with these issues, in a very public forum!! Make sure that the press, papers, TV news, etc are invited.The greed of HCA is unequaled. Bill First of HCA should be in jail for stealing from Medicare, TriCare and Medicaid. I worked there and it was the worst employment experience of my life. I absolutely saw patients die due to lack of adequate staffing.
The public needs to know how their health and safety is being compromised, by these for profit "health" corporations. Have large signs, with facts, printed, and make fliers to hand out to the public..
Offer free BP checks, have balloon, etc for the kids. This is what teachers do when they reach out to the public. Nurses need to learn ASAP, how to get information out to the public, and how to market/promote, the need for nurses at the bedside. If we don't do a complete 360 degree in being reluctant to reach out to the public, I can fore see, a future where nurses are even more marginalized than we are now.
In cases where deliberate short staffing is causing deaths, etc, think about going to the DA with the pertinant information, and support/encourage, pressing charges for the administrators who are forcing these low staffing situations. Perhaps some hard jail time will bring about the necessary changes needed in healthcare. JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW