Posts Tagged ‘Huntsville Hospital’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thanks to a newly introduced aspect of ObamaCare, hospitals are now mandated to publicly show how much they charge for procedures.
Aren’t you glad?
I mean really… who goes to a grocery store or gas station and doesn’t know how much they’ll pay?
Part of market-based competition includes Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 22, 2013
Realistically, what does that mean for you, your loved ones or friends if – God forbid – they’re hospitalized at Huntsville Hospital?
It means that when you, your loved ones’ or friends’ are a patient in the hospital, you or they could get an infection, or some other serious bug or problem while being treated for something else entirely different. And by so doing, it could make your stay more unpleasant, and in fact, could increase the risk of complications of your treatment – up to, and including your death – was well as increase the length of your stay, among other factors.
What does that mean for the Hospital?
Because insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid have STOPPED paying for the treatment of preventable problems that are a direct result of hospitalization, it means that Huntsville Hospital will be stuck with the bill (the costs of treating their own mistakes upon you while you’re there)… and will try to pass the cost along to you to recoup the cost of the loss, which is a DIRECT result of their own sloppiness.
Huntsville Hospital has essentially become a monopolistic monstrosity of an enterprise, gobbling up numerous hospitals in the North Alabama region, including BOTH hospitals in Decatur, the only hospital in Athens, the only hospital in Red Bay, Helen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia area of the Shoals, and the only hospital in Lawrence county.
Meanwhile, Huntsville hospital has fought tooth-and-nail to keep other hospitals OUT of competition in the Huntsville market, and spent untold millions of dollars in a protracted legal battle against Crestwood Hospital – and continues to spend millions to prevent Crestwood Hospital from offering services that would benefit the entire city and county.
Such anti-competitive practice has all been accomplished by and through the state of Alabama‘s Certificate Of Need Board.
The commentary of Mr. Burr Ingram – Huntsville Hospital’s official mouthpiece – which is contained in this article is entirely and wholly unwarranted, and weasel-like.
Not only that, but Huntsville Hospital is NOT a Nursing Magnet Hospital.
There are many things Huntsville Hospital is not.
And sadly, quality is one of them.
Watchdog Report: Consumer Reports gives both hospitals in Huntsville low safety ratings
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 9:06 AM Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 9:30 AM
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Consumer Reports magazine ranked the two hospitals in Huntsville as the least safe in Alabama. But the magazine’s list of hospitals is far from complete.
“We were kind of perplexed at some of what it reported,” said Burr Ingram, spokesman at Huntsville Hospital. “When you think about it, it’s fashionable for everyone to rate hospitals. And Consumer Reports is the latest to use public data that is available.
“But at times, it’s difficult to know how these ratings come about.”
Huntsville Hospital, The Huntsville Times
The magazine’s August edition lists scores in four safety categories. Both Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center received low marks for poor communication with patients and for high rates of infection. Both received mediocre marks for high rates of re-admission and unnecessary scans.
Yet the report ranked Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Welcome to Alabama, where the legal concept of respondeat superior apparently does NOT apply.
Some would call this murder.
If a person driving drunk kills someone, nowadays, they’re charged with murder – even though they did not plan, or intend upon killing someone (the element of premeditation, or forethought).
But why isn’t Huntsville Hospital charged with murder? (It’s kinda’ difficult to charge a corporation with murder, but it’s quite possible that the officers can be indicted or charged.)
And why aren’t those directly responsible (those in the Recovery Room who were responsible for Gracie’s care) charged with Murder?
It’s painfully obvious some things MUST change in Alabama regarding healthcare.
Girl disabled, later dies, after tonsillectomy at Huntsville Hospital; Alabama public hospitals‘ liability capped at $100,000
By Challen Stephens | firstname.lastname@example.org on December 03, 2012 at 1:03 PM, updated December 03, 2012 at 4:18 PM
Randy Smith and Deedee Smith talk about raising a child with disabilities while Gracelynn, 5, sits in her wheelchair during an interview in their home Monday, November 19, 2012 in Athens, Ala. (Eric Schultz / email@example.com)
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Four years ago, Gracie knew a few dozen words and had just learned to walk backwards. But Gracie had a little trouble breathing at night. Doctors said it would only get worse, so they decided to remove her tonsils.
The surgery lasted less than 15 minutes.
In the recovery room at Huntsville Hospital, Gracie was standing on her bed calling for her mother. “We were told she was having difficulty coming out of anesthesia,” said her father Randy Smith. Nurses said the girl needed to rest to recover. In the recovery room, the family says, she was allowed to stop breathing for more than 10 minutes.
Dan Aldridge, attorney for the Smiths, said Gracie “was not connected to the customary monitoring equipment that sounds an alarm if vital signs reach a dangerous zone.” He said the nurses, three of them, were in the recovery room. At one point, her mother voiced concern. “I was told, ‘Mom, now don’t wake her up, if we get her up, we will never calm her down,” said Dee Dee Smith. “My response was she was not breathing.”
Dee Dee said one of the nurses touched the girl’s foot. It was cold. Aldridge said “code” was called. Medical staff poured into the room. Gracie would spend the next 18 hours in a coma. When Dee Dee finally got to hold her girl again, the girl’s eyes were open but Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Why, why, WHY!?!
There’s nothing better to do with precious financial resources – especially in tough economic times?
Pay lawyers instead of using that same money to care for and treat patients, improve outcomes, and increase patient & staff satisfaction?
And what does that say about your concern for patients? Yeah… that’s right – you love wasting money on a court fight rather than using that money to heal people.
This problem exists precisely because of a Certificate of Need law in Alabama that specifically prohibits anyone from thinking about building, expanding or creating a healthcare treatment facility without first going to court.
I will say this, however – even with the CON law & board in place, there is no requirement for hospitals to sue each other over the matter. And yet, they do.
It’s time to eliminate the CON law and CON Board in Alabama.
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 9, 2012
On it’s face, this makes utterly no sense – healers wasting healing resources on court battles.
Why is this happening?
In the end, they get the goldmine, and you, dear reader, get the shaft. But the greater problem is, that you’re already getting the shaft, and you just don’t know it.
Could this man be Public Enemy #1 in the Shoals area? David Spillers, Chief Executive Officer, Huntsville Hospital (256) 265-2835
David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital should apologize for WASTING precious patient resources by hiring denizen hordes of corporate attorneys to wage Hospital Wars against the public health of Shoals area citizens! And he’s doing this during hard times? C’mon… David? You don’t have any better use to which you can put that money?
It’s NOT rhetoric, folks.
This is your state government at work! And Spillers is playing the system.
It’s called the Certificate of Need Board, and their purpose is to decide whether or not communities need hospitals, and whether or not those who want to build them are allowed to build them.
Imagine this scenario: You’re sick as a dog, and are wanting to go see the doctor, but Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 23, 2012
Here is another prime case in point why the state of Alabama should eliminate the Certificate of Need Board, the CON law, and the entire process associated with it.
First, aren’t companies and their Chief Executives, Financial Officers, Managers and others capable of determining whether or not they could provide services in a cost-effective, or even profitable manner?
Yes, they are. So why should government – by and through the CON law – tell them that they are incompetent to do so, and in fact, forbid them from making that decision?
Literally, if Bill Gates wanted to build a free hospital in Alabama, he could NOT because FIRST he would have to obtain permission from the CON Board. And just to eliminate any confusion, a CON Board permit to build a hospital is NOT a construction permit. In fact, a CON Board permit must FIRST be obtained BEFORE a construction permit is granted.
For those not aware of what the CON Board does, they are a group of politically-appointed individuals before whom any group, organization or individual desiring to build a hospital must cajole, plead and beg for permission to build a hospital.
They must literally make and prove a case for why a hospital is needed before they can even move the first shovelful of dirt. Even then, if they are not given permission from “BIG BROTHER” to build a hospital, they must then appear before a judge to further plead their case. And strangely, they’re not merely opposed, but are actively fought, tooth and nail throughout the entire process by the very folks that should be helping improve patient health and providing care… other hospitals. It forces healers to become sworn cutthroat enemies.
And just so you, dear reader, will be aware, the original CON law was first written by the U.S. Congress, the purpose of which was designed to keep healthcare costs from increasing at an uncontrolled rate. However, the Congress quickly abandoned and rescinded the law after it was demonstrated that it had no effect upon rapidly escalating costs. The only state to NOT enact any form of CON law was Louisiana.
I’ve written about the process here on this blog (Tuesday, June 22, 2010), and have, as a private citizen, communicated with the Alabama state legislature and governor to encourage them to abolish the law, board and process.
If you care at all about healthcare – either for you, your family, loved ones, friends or anyone – I wholeheartedly encourage you to read that post, because it more fully details the reasons why the CON process actually serves to deteriorate public health, and drain Alabama’s public tax dollars.
In a nutshell, the fussing, fighting, feuding that is associated with the CON process co$t$ $ignificantly, which co$t$ are pa$$ed onto the patient & in$urance companie$.
Hospital wars invade city council meeting
6/20/12, By Robert Palmer, Staff Writer
FLORENCE – The behind-the-scenes struggle between publicly owned Helen Keller Hospital and Huntsville Hospital and privately owned RegionalCare Hospital Partners has invaded the local political arena.
In its Tuesday work session, the Florence City Council voted unanimously to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
With what I know about Alabama’s CON law, I could write volumes! And then, the title’s enough to get me started. I decided to use the “KISS” principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid.
If you’re a follower of Alabama politics – even casually – then you most likely have heard of, or remember former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy being convicted jointly of a “quid pro quo,” or more exactly, Siegelman was accused of accepting Scrushy’s bribe… to sit on the CON Board.
Never mind that the FBI extensively coached a known perjurer about what and how to testify – itself an illegal act – and never mind that Scrushy was appointed by two governors of two different parties to sit on the CON Board, and publicly expressed disdain for serving again. But that’s all water under the bridge. I only mentioned that because of its poignancy, and is relative to this post.
I sincerely doubt that most folks know that in Alabama, at least, not just anyone, or any organization can decide to build a hospital. For example, if Warren Buffett and Bill Gates decided that together, they wanted to gift the good people of Alabama with a hospital, they could NOT do it.
Read on to find out! …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Honesty… is it ALWAYS the best policy?
Recently, I’ve found that some search engine terms which have led to this blog include this question “Why do you want to work at Huntsville Hospital“?
In Huntsville, Alabama – where I’ve resided for many years – there are ONLY TWO hospitals in town.
One, Huntsville Hospital, is a public not-for-profit, and the other, a much smaller Crestwood Medical Center, is a private, for-profit hospital.
Many of the professors and instructors at the Nursing School from which I graduated have privately expressed their frustrations to their students, and to me, about Huntsville Hospital’s virtual monopoly on the hospital-based healthcare delivery in Huntsville, AL.
Part of that problem stems in large part from Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 22, 2010
Most folks don’t know it, but Huntsville Hospital is NOT, has not ever been, does not meet criteria for, and is not making any plans to obtain or become:
1.) a certified or verified Trauma Center;
2.) meet the a) American College of Surgeons, or, b) American Trauma Society qualifications for Trauma Center status;
3.) an Academic Medical Center;
4.) university affiliate;
5.) teaching hospital;
6.) research center; nor
7.) Nursing Magnet Hospital.
So what? What does that mean for you, your family, friends and others in this part of the Tennessee Valley? …Continue…
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