LifePoint's CEO gets raise

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Bill Carpenter got the top job at LifePoint Hospitals Inc. earlier this summer and now the company's board of directors has put his pay in line with the CEO title.

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IHCConsortium

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Once again middle and upper class Americans will fatten the pocket of corporate executives, and this time human lives as well as state economies will pay the premiums.
LifePoint Hospitals rarely fall into compliance in nurse staffing quotas,and this announcement happens as LifePoint Hospitals announce a 5 hour per week decrease in nurse staffing across the board to make the "financial quarter" look good. Consumers and employees are rapidly wising up to these tactics and fighting back through multiple local, state, and national levels. They are saying "Enough is enough" as multiple agencies such as ours are being formed in various states!
Also with the executive changeover, healthcare insurance coverage for their thousands of employees has changed to Blue Cross, Blue Shield. When you review LifePoint's board of directors, the reason is apparent.
I am sure we will see more about LifePoint Hospitals in the news in the future.
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Mar 16, 2007
 
Please advise how I can contact you (IHCCConsortium) I would like more info. you might have on lifePoint. We are currently struggling with their operation of our hospital.
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Please advise how I can contact you (IHCCConsortium) I would like more info. you might have on lifePoint. We are currently struggling with their operation of our hospital.
You currently may contact me by mailing a letter to P.O. Box 406, Bronston, Ky. 42518. I would rather not release any phone numbers or e-mail address at this time, however I do have quite a bit of information that could be helpful. I, along with an active network of people in our geographic region, are seriously concerned about the management personality of this corporation, and have a large concern for the patients and staff associated.
The Dirt

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Apr 6, 2007
 
There is also the "clinical ladder" that Lifepoint is Somerset,KY is implimenting. Basically at any other hospital the nursing staff would be rewarded for going on to attain a higher degree and it seems thats how it is, but over 5 years and not before they take up to $3 from each nurse in critical care areas over the next year. This is a savings of up to about $400K. Looks good on paper especially when the rumor is that the place is up for sale. I guess if you have a profitable business then you can get more for it.
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Once again middle and upper class Americans will fatten the pocket of corporate executives, and this time human lives as well as state economies will pay the premiums.
LifePoint Hospitals rarely fall into compliance in nurse staffing quotas,and this announcement happens as LifePoint Hospitals announce a 5 hour per week decrease in nurse staffing across the board to make the "financial quarter" look good. Consumers and employees are rapidly wising up to these tactics and fighting back through multiple local, state, and national levels. They are saying "Enough is enough" as multiple agencies such as ours are being formed in various states!
Also with the executive changeover, healthcare insurance coverage for their thousands of employees has changed to Blue Cross, Blue Shield. When you review LifePoint's board of directors, the reason is apparent.
I am sure we will see more about LifePoint Hospitals in the news in the future.
The Dirt

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Apr 6, 2007
 
And why haven't the people who are against Lifepoint in this community - The local newspaper and several doctors gotten ahold of this tidbit of information? I think it needs to be related to them in some way, don't you?
Sentinel Event

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Apr 9, 2007
 
IHCCConsortium wrote:
<quoted text> I, along with an active network of people in our geographic region, are seriously concerned about the management personality of this corporation, and have a large concern for the patients and staff associated.
IHCCConsortium,
I encourage you to visit a local blog about issues with Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA. We are having issues with LPNT...your input could be valuable. It would be appreciated if you would post anonymously and point us to information that might be online about your situation that we could then post on our blog for our readers.
http://danvilleregional.blogspot.com/

After years of quality care and community pride, we have recently received a 'preliminary denial of accreditation' from Joint Commission. Additionally, the mayor has started a citizens' commission to look into issues at the hospital. The most recent news is that the state attorney general wants to put a staff member on that citizens' commission.

If you would post on the blog, I would also be glad to provide my personal email to send info to.
Thanks.

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Apr 30, 2007
 
IHCConsortium wrote:
Once again middle and upper class Americans will fatten the pocket of corporate executives, and this time human lives as well as state economies will pay the premiums.
LifePoint Hospitals rarely fall into compliance in nurse staffing quotas,and this announcement happens as LifePoint Hospitals announce a 5 hour per week decrease in nurse staffing across the board to make the "financial quarter" look good. Consumers and employees are rapidly wising up to these tactics and fighting back through multiple local, state, and national levels. They are saying "Enough is enough" as multiple agencies such as ours are being formed in various states!
Also with the executive changeover, healthcare insurance coverage for their thousands of employees has changed to Blue Cross, Blue Shield. When you review LifePoint's board of directors, the reason is apparent.
I am sure we will see more about LifePoint Hospitals in the news in the future.
Is anyone checking this? There are lots of things going on in Somerset at the hospital that are worth looking into. Those who I know on the inside are really not at liberty to do anything, however if someone on the outside were to get ahold of it it might be worthy news
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May 29, 2007
 
IHCC Consortium, Thanks for posting to our blog. I sent you a letter in the mail and look forward to corresponding.

Since: Apr 07

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Dec 9, 2007
 
I'm sure that you have probably heard everything there is to hear about Life Point hospitals and the way they treat employees and patients. I thought I would take some time to update you all on the state of one Hospital in particular. Lake Cumberland Regional hospital in Somerset, Kentucky is the flagship of the chain. In 1999 there was talk of a union and it didn't pass (It never came to a vote) now in 2007 there is talk of another one to protect the workers from administration. In 2007 this hospital has established a clinical ladder program - now in most hospitals the clinical ladder programs are designed to reward nursing staff when they learn and teach others new skills or technology. This one rewards, but not before they take money away. The morale of the nursing staff is at an all time low and the employee satisfaction survey was very low too - so low, in fact, that a corporate person was sent in to investigate - and they pulled out all the stops for his visit. They spent more on his visit than they gave out in raises this year. Another point is that they take away choice for everyone. January 1, 2008 the hospital goes smoke free. In this area there are lots of smokers, do you think that someone is going to take their family member to a hospital where they can't relieve some stress? Going is stressful enough, so why can't they just get them transported north to another facility where there are designated smoking areas? In March of 2008 the whole hospital will be wearing uniforms. I realize this is a step toward making it easier to distiguish a nurse from a kitchen worker, but still, the employees had no choice in this. I think we'll be seeing more and more regarding this hosptial in the coming months as, if the rumor is true, it moves toward unionization.

Let's hope for the people in Somerset, Kentucky and the rest of the lifepoint chain that something gives.
Dissapointed in LPNT

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Another interesting tidbit on Lake Cumberland. And this could be rumor, but who can find out?. We have been "budgeted" (called off work) on numerous occasions when we still needed the help because we hear whatever is left over in the budget for staffing, goes as bonus's for the managers. How can this be when I am struggling to get 24 hours a week and need at least 36 to just skimp by on my bills... Narrowly escaping forclsure on my home in the process. Taking away critical care differentials gives me no motivation to complete their "clinical ladder" which for the top two levels, requires joining a professional organization which costs $200+ a year.(there went my clinical ladder differential) Not to mention no compensation for time, money spent of completing projects and posterboards for this program.. What is my motivation to stay at this facility when all they do is worry about the almighty dollar.. what about EMPLOYEEE satisfaction?
And now they have this smoking ban.. And the families are angry... patients are angry...
Not to mention that families and patients are left sitting in the recovery room for HOURS waiting on beds because Jeff Seraphine see that People in ER getting beds is more important...
It's misleading the patients and their families.. I hear Many times a week from patients "Why did they do my surgery today if they knew there was not a bed for me to go to?" How am I supposed to answer that? Lie?????
Lifepoint is nothing but organized and legal highway robbery and deception.
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Feb 23, 2008
 
The LifePoint hospital in Lake Havasu City, AZ is just as bad. I recently quit my job because I was completely fed up with the corporate BS that was forced down the throats of the employees and patients. I have decided if you want to be treated as a valuable asset to an organization, the only way to go is work for a nonprofit health care facility which is exactly what I plan to do. From what I've learned thus far, LifePoint seems to take over hospitals in rural areas and turn them into a monopoly because patients have no other options when there is a true emergency.
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amy wrote:
I have decided if you want to be treated as a valuable asset to an organization, the only way to go is work for a nonprofit health care facility which is exactly what I plan to do. From what I've learned thus far, LifePoint seems to take over hospitals in rural areas and turn them into a monopoly because patients have no other options when there is a true emergency.
amy, please share your experiences at http://danvilleregional.blogspot.com/ . I'm sure there are some parallels between Havasu and Danville.
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Mar 9, 2008
 
They are doing the same type of things at our little New Mexico hospital. We can't even get RNs for the Med-Surg/Tele areas unless they're new grads. Then of course, they give them 6-8 patients each and burn them out until they move away! That leads to travel nurses, of which we have way too many for a city that has a school of nursing. Well, now the union 1199 has dropped in for personal visits at the nurses' homes. Why, no one at the top cares. Oh, they do listen, and they are "there for us" but all we get is lip service. Has anyone out there had a hospital worker union take over at a LFPT hospital. We'd love to know how it's going. Thanks for listening to my story: we need help here.
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Dissapointed in LPNT wrote:
Another interesting tidbit on Lake Cumberland. And this could be rumor, but who can find out?. We have been "budgeted" (called off work) on numerous occasions when we still needed the help because we hear whatever is left over in the budget for staffing, goes as bonus's for the managers. How can this be when I am struggling to get 24 hours a week and need at least 36 to just skimp by on my bills... Narrowly escaping forclsure on my home in the process. Taking away critical care differentials gives me no motivation to complete their "clinical ladder" which for the top two levels, requires joining a professional organization which costs $200+ a year.(there went my clinical ladder differential) Not to mention no compensation for time, money spent of completing projects and posterboards for this program.. What is my motivation to stay at this facility when all they do is worry about the almighty dollar.. what about EMPLOYEEE satisfaction?
And now they have this smoking ban.. And the families are angry... patients are angry...
Not to mention that families and patients are left sitting in the recovery room for HOURS waiting on beds because Jeff Seraphine see that People in ER getting beds is more important...
It's misleading the patients and their families.. I hear Many times a week from patients "Why did they do my surgery today if they knew there was not a bed for me to go to?" How am I supposed to answer that? Lie?????
Lifepoint is nothing but organized and legal highway robbery and deception.
your entry would have been a good one except for the bed situation. Mr seraphine does not give ER any advantage to obtaining a bed. The ER has been very understaffed and yet we are forced to hold patients in the ER because there is no beds. Some patients actually spent their entire hospital stay in the emergency room, meaning they were admitted and then discharged the next day by their regular doctor. So don't go talking about things that you do not know, unless you have worked in the ER for any amount of time you have no idea what an emergency room is like. every other place in the hospital can refuse new patients due to inadequates staffing or their beds all become full. The Emergency room does not have this luxury and is one of the most challenging places that you can work in the hospital setting. we cannot shut the doors down and keep people from coming in no matter how full or bad it gets. plus we see patients that are not stable enough to be kept in this hospital. patients from 3 days to 103 years old all with problems from ankle sprains to cardiac arrest and impending death. If anything the should get some bump in bed selection but this is not the case.
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the truth wrote:
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your entry would have been a good one except for the bed situation. Mr seraphine does not give ER any advantage to obtaining a bed. The ER has been very understaffed and yet we are forced to hold patients in the ER because there is no beds. Some patients actually spent their entire hospital stay in the emergency room, meaning they were admitted and then discharged the next day by their regular doctor. So don't go talking about things that you do not know, unless you have worked in the ER for any amount of time you have no idea what an emergency room is like. every other place in the hospital can refuse new patients due to inadequates staffing or their beds all become full. The Emergency room does not have this luxury and is one of the most challenging places that you can work in the hospital setting. we cannot shut the doors down and keep people from coming in no matter how full or bad it gets. plus we see patients that are not stable enough to be kept in this hospital. patients from 3 days to 103 years old all with problems from ankle sprains to cardiac arrest and impending death. If anything the should get some bump in bed selection but this is not the case.
very well put. i have worked at lcrh for 8 years & believe we have a wonderful & caring hospital in our community. as for budgeting i have not budgeted any of my staff since being manager. we have & strive to have staff to give care to our patients.
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iam sick of you all nures.you get everything. you get meals brought to you free.you got it good.the rest of us that work in housekeeping and the kitchen.are treated like dogs andhave to wait on your sorry butts all the time.some of you think your better than us at judugment day you wont be.get a grib your breakrooms looks like pigs live there.shape up dogs...
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MD's have also gotten shafted by LP. If they don't meet production or if they generate over projected they have to pay all to LP. I was there 6 mos, let go without cause and now they are suing me for $150,000 for moving costs, advertising, Malpractice ins. Doctors take all the risks the way their contracts are written. I will have to file bankruptsy because I tried to help. Is there any advocate for us? Iwill try to warn everyone to stay away from them.
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Doctor Shafted,

I would like to talk to you about your situation, as I am in a similar pickle with LP. I think the recruitment practices are quite irresponsible and can cause significant distress to young naive doctors just starting out. How could I contact you?
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Dissapointed in LPNT wrote:
Another interesting tidbit on Lake Cumberland. And this could be rumor, but who can find out?. We have been "budgeted" (called off work) on numerous occasions when we still needed the help because we hear whatever is left over in the budget for staffing, goes as bonus's for the managers. How can this be when I am struggling to get 24 hours a week and need at least 36 to just skimp by on my bills... Narrowly escaping forclsure on my home in the process. Taking away critical care differentials gives me no motivation to complete their "clinical ladder" which for the top two levels, requires joining a professional organization which costs $200+ a year.(there went my clinical ladder differential) Not to mention no compensation for time, money spent of completing projects and posterboards for this program.. What is my motivation to stay at this facility when all they do is worry about the almighty dollar.. what about EMPLOYEEE satisfaction?
And now they have this smoking ban.. And the families are angry... patients are angry...
Not to mention that families and patients are left sitting in the recovery room for HOURS waiting on beds because Jeff Seraphine see that People in ER getting beds is more important...
It's misleading the patients and their families.. I hear Many times a week from patients "Why did they do my surgery today if they knew there was not a bed for me to go to?" How am I supposed to answer that? Lie?????
Lifepoint is nothing but organized and legal highway robbery and deception.
i agree with you i have been with this hospital for years and things are really bad we didnt get our raises this year its nice to know someone did we are losing alot of good nurses administration only cares about themselves and no one else its a shame that we had such a good hospital with great doctors and nurses and now i would not take my dog to it they say that patients are important thats bs if you have money or a family member of administration you get special treatment you know everyone should be treated the same i think what they need to do is start with administration get rid of them the ones that dont have a clue about anything our don is stupid if she had to take care of a patient she would not know what to do our facility is not safe we have beds that have wires cut into because the beds are so old equipment that works sometimes they have reduced the number of staff per shift to save money....they want to make sure they get their bounes at the end of the year.....we get wrote up if we take a break and dont clock out....which its not really a break...aint it a law that you get so many breks in a 12 hour period....maybe someone needs to be notified of this...i could go on and on and on but what good does it do this company does not care about its workers or patients it only cares about money
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Lifepoint cares more about profit than cleanliness.
Our local hospital in Logan is dirty and passing MRSA and VRSA to the patients. The quality of alot of the newer Physicians in POOR. They come here, after losing their licenses in other states.
Some are totally incompetent.

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