Kindred Hospitals Chicago
Posted in the Chicago Forum
#1 Sep 4, 2013
Kindred in Chicago is an organization to avoid if you care about a family member or loved one.
Nurse to Client ratio: 1 nurse to 12 patients - competition (other LTACHS) 1 nurse to 4 patients.
Kindred Healthcare is about the bottom line. They are a public company. They do not care about their patients, patients families, or their employees.
Kindred Healthcare has had multiple cases in litigation over Medicare fraud for double billing Medicare.
Kindred Healthcare no longer employs RN's to assess your family member for direct admission to Kindred. They now employ pharmaceutical reps not qualified, with no healthcare background to assess your family member, develop the history and physical which is what the admitting Kindred physician uses on admission to formulate a care plan for your loved one. Do you want your loved one examined by a person who is NOT licensed to do so for rehab and pulmonary care? If you care then do not choose Kindred in Chicago. Ask your clinical liaison employed by Kindred what their qualifications are to do patient assessments for admission and in what clinical area do they hold a license to operate in the clinical field. FYI - a pharmacist is not qualified to assess your loved one and formulate a plan of care. Also, be advised that your loved one's care at the critical care level is being assessed by a non-clinical sales person for Kindred, not a clinical person for Kindred. Ask to see a license that qualifies the liaison to perform this task. Ask for a copy of the clinical assessment from the referring hospital to Kindred. Make sure everything is included on that assessment compiled by the Kindred Liaison. Leave no stone unturned. If consulting with Kindred get an attorney and begin your lawsuit with the clinical liaison's assessment and lack of information on admission to Kindred. Just some educated advise. I wish you luck!
A concerned Kindred Employee
#2 Sep 9, 2013
That's disturbing. That would explain why Jeff Barnes, the gentleman who gave me his card, director of Sales for Kindred invited himself to our ICU last month, a major trauma center, we don't have time for company dynamics not part of Advocate, pulled me out of a family meeting to ask me questions about a former employee which is why he was removed from the unit and hospital.
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