is the hospital supposed to close down?

is the hospital supposed to close down?

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wondering

Charleston, WV

#1 Nov 12, 2008
i heard the hospital is closing....is this true? i used to work there and hate to hear it.
yes

Osceola, AR

#2 Nov 12, 2008
wondering wrote:
i heard the hospital is closing....is this true? i used to work there and hate to hear it.
They are suppose to be going bankrupt. That's the rumor anyway.
Mayor of Osceola

United States

#3 Nov 12, 2008
See today's newspaper: http://www.blythevillecn.com/Mainpage2.html . The OSCEOLA one is bleeding to death.
country girl

Blytheville, AR

#4 Nov 12, 2008
they are talking about closing the Osceola hospital, not the one in Blytheville
yes

Osceola, AR

#5 Nov 12, 2008
country girl wrote:
they are talking about closing the Osceola hospital, not the one in Blytheville
I work at the BLY hospital. It might close.
Genisis Medical has taken over but nothing has improved.
yes

Osceola, AR

#6 Nov 12, 2008
Bly Hospital doesn't even has a pharmacist right now. However, they have a tech but not a master pharmacist. Bly Hospital and yes Osceola is in trouble. A lot of stuff is being kept quiet.
Guest

Enid, OK

#7 Nov 12, 2008
My mom just got out of there, and she couldn't do much for herself and they let her keep the same hospital gown on for 5 days. We went to see her Saturday night and there was a roach crawling down the wall. She was in there 3 months ago, and it was a completely different experience!! Not a good experience at all!!!
yes wrote:
Bly Hospital doesn't even has a pharmacist right now. However, they have a tech but not a master pharmacist. Bly Hospital and yes Osceola is in trouble. A lot of stuff is being kept quiet.

“DILLIGAF?”

Since: Apr 08

Not Here

#8 Nov 12, 2008
I would be a shame not to have a hospital in town. I hope that they can get any issues they may have, straightened out soon.
Hawgs Man

Little Rock, AR

#9 Nov 12, 2008
Ameris has stopped paying any bills for Osceola hosptial, all of them. Ameris is trying to get the county to force them out of the area, but the big problem is that the county cannot take it over because they have no money either and they don't have a plan in place in case Ameris got into trouble, so thanks to our fine county officals for getting us into this mess, the county knew all this from the beginning of Ameris's take over of the hospitals. The only reason Ameris bought it is because they were the only ones dumb enough to buy it. Baptist just wanted out, why do you think they bought out NEA hospital in Jonesboro??? With declining population in Miss. county and everyone going to other places for better medical care, how would it stay open?? The newspaper only puts out what they are told, now if you could just hear what happens behind closed doors. So there will lawsuits on Ameris from the county and they will last for years and all the while all of miss. county will be without good healthcare. All this coming from a former hosptial administration employee
Taxpayer

Mayflower, AR

#10 Nov 12, 2008
Hawgs Man wrote:
Ameris has stopped paying any bills for Osceola hosptial, all of them. Ameris is trying to get the county to force them out of the area, but the big problem is that the county cannot take it over because they have no money either and they don't have a plan in place in case Ameris got into trouble, so thanks to our fine county officals for getting us into this mess, the county knew all this from the beginning of Ameris's take over of the hospitals. The only reason Ameris bought it is because they were the only ones dumb enough to buy it. Baptist just wanted out, why do you think they bought out NEA hospital in Jonesboro??? With declining population in Miss. county and everyone going to other places for better medical care, how would it stay open?? The newspaper only puts out what they are told, now if you could just hear what happens behind closed doors. So there will lawsuits on Ameris from the county and they will last for years and all the while all of miss. county will be without good healthcare. All this coming from a former hosptial administration employee
Don't even think the county has not been working behind the curtains to be sure there is a plan of action in place..... they may be somewhat dumb but they are not stupid
Concerned

Mayflower, AR

#11 Nov 12, 2008
yes wrote:
Bly Hospital doesn't even has a pharmacist right now. However, they have a tech but not a master pharmacist. Bly Hospital and yes Osceola is in trouble. A lot of stuff is being kept quiet.
Wow... how illegal and so very dangerous! That is putting the patients life in danger. Surly that is not true. If so they need to be turned in NOW!
just me

Blytheville, AR

#12 Nov 12, 2008
i know the only full time pharmacist will be leaving as of friday. don`t know after that.
Hawgs Man

Little Rock, AR

#13 Nov 12, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
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Don't even think the county has not been working behind the curtains to be sure there is a plan of action in place..... they may be somewhat dumb but they are not stupid
Not trying to sound like a smart azz here, but they last 2 plans they had blew up in their face, had 2 potential buyers and Ameris wanted money to get out here and the county didn't accept the offers, they have known this is coming for awhile, trust me I saw too much. But believe me I hope they do have something to fall back on. At the time, they had only 3 million in reserve in case Ameris didn't make it, but that's about 2 million short what they need to make it for 30 days.
yes

Kennett, MO

#15 Nov 12, 2008
alot of bly's employees have been laid off. Thought ameris still owned it. They were supposed to get an egyptian pharmacist next week, holding a green card over his head to make him come. they stopped buying surgical supplies months ago and have cut nursing staff by more than half.

“Elvis has left the building”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#16 Nov 12, 2008
truth wrote:
<quoted text>They need to close it. I would rather not have one then to get the treatment thats given here. Anything happens to my family or myself we will take our chances getting to Memphis.----truth-----
That's a very scary thought. If it were one of my family members in an emergency, I would want to be able to take them locally rather than 75 miles away.

An attitude like yours will result in numerous deaths due to MVA's, heart attacks, strokes, diabetic comas, trauma's, drownings and other life threatening situations.

I still find it hard to believe that the Blytheville facility will close, however I can assure you that simply losing the hospital will have more implications than just closing. Blytheville will also begin to lose industry (possibly the steel plants even). What major industry would want to come to a town of 15-20,000 people and not have a hospital.

I still cannot understand why the County doesn't TAKE IT OVER, and subsidize the hospital until it can begin to turn a profit. If managed properly, the hospital should AT LEAST be able to maintain itself.

Let me just say this...at some point the people of Blytheville will have to make sacrifices in an effort to make the city a place where business's and industries will want to come...without a hospital, most of that will not happen.

Here's a lesson to be aware of...The big auto makers in Detroit have literally priced themselves out their own market over the past 30 years by paying executives HUGE salaries for a failing industry AND (this is a big one)...allowing the Unions (UAW) to price the workers out of their own jobs and benefits. Now they don't even have the money to pay the pensions of over 740,000 retirees.

Had these Union Employees (and really it doesn't matter that they were Union at this point)...had they sacrificed some of the benefits and salaries in exchange for more job security.

What does that have to do with the hospital...well, myself, I would prefer to HAVE a job then to be unemployed. I could (and have) made concessions in benefits and salary (as an INVESTMENT in my own future) in order to help a company I worked for...

Again, I would REALLY hate to see the hospital close. You will lose MUCH more than just a hospital.

And anyone wishing the hospital would close, you are asking for a death wish...in more ways than one.
Gabby

Little Rock, AR

#17 Nov 12, 2008
rumboogy wrote:
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And anyone wishing the hospital would close, you are asking for a death wish...in more ways than one.
You are so right. Losing the hospital would have devastating results. Anytime type of industrial growth would come to a screeching halt.

The county judge and quorum court members got into a pissing contest with Baptist and lost that battle and are obviously about to repeat the same mistake. The biggest losers in the whole deal would be the taxpayers and citizens of Blytheville.

Make no mistake about it, losing the hospital will have the most negative impact on the city that we have ever seen.

“Elvis has left the building”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#18 Nov 12, 2008
Gabby wrote:
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Make no mistake about it, losing the hospital will have the most negative impact on the city that we have ever seen.
Worse than the base closing.
inside

Friendship, AR

#19 Nov 12, 2008
rumboogy wrote:
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That's a very scary thought. If it were one of my family members in an emergency, I would want to be able to take them locally rather than 75 miles away.
An attitude like yours will result in numerous deaths due to MVA's, heart attacks, strokes, diabetic comas, trauma's, drownings and other life threatening situations.
I still find it hard to believe that the Blytheville facility will close, however I can assure you that simply losing the hospital will have more implications than just closing. Blytheville will also begin to lose industry (possibly the steel plants even). What major industry would want to come to a town of 15-20,000 people and not have a hospital.
I still cannot understand why the County doesn't TAKE IT OVER, and subsidize the hospital until it can begin to turn a profit. If managed properly, the hospital should AT LEAST be able to maintain itself.
Let me just say this...at some point the people of Blytheville will have to make sacrifices in an effort to make the city a place where business's and industries will want to come...without a hospital, most of that will not happen.
Here's a lesson to be aware of...The big auto makers in Detroit have literally priced themselves out their own market over the past 30 years by paying executives HUGE salaries for a failing industry AND (this is a big one)...allowing the Unions (UAW) to price the workers out of their own jobs and benefits. Now they don't even have the money to pay the pensions of over 740,000 retirees.
Had these Union Employees (and really it doesn't matter that they were Union at this point)...had they sacrificed some of the benefits and salaries in exchange for more job security.
What does that have to do with the hospital...well, myself, I would prefer to HAVE a job then to be unemployed. I could (and have) made concessions in benefits and salary (as an INVESTMENT in my own future) in order to help a company I worked for...
Again, I would REALLY hate to see the hospital close. You will lose MUCH more than just a hospital.
And anyone wishing the hospital would close, you are asking for a death wish...in more ways than one.
they are making money they are sending it back to nashville i know from inside
olderparent

United States

#20 Nov 12, 2008
Hawgs Man wrote:
Ameris has stopped paying any bills for Osceola hosptial, all of them. Ameris is trying to get the county to force them out of the area, but the big problem is that the county cannot take it over because they have no money either and they don't have a plan in place in case Ameris got into trouble, so thanks to our fine county officals for getting us into this mess, the county knew all this from the beginning of Ameris's take over of the hospitals. The only reason Ameris bought it is because they were the only ones dumb enough to buy it. Baptist just wanted out, why do you think they bought out NEA hospital in Jonesboro??? With declining population in Miss. county and everyone going to other places for better medical care, how would it stay open?? The newspaper only puts out what they are told, now if you could just hear what happens behind closed doors. So there will lawsuits on Ameris from the county and they will last for years and all the while all of miss. county will be without good healthcare. All this coming from a former hosptial administration employee
why wouldnt the county have any money? they have been collecting hospital tax for years...collecting even since baptist took it over...and the explanation i was always given..is that they continued to collect it in case there was ever a time that they needed to step in...go to your local courthouse ...treasurer office..and ask how much is in the hospital funds...see what they say...just check out ur next county tax bill...at the break down of taxes collect...its school...city...library...hosp ital...anc..and so forth..so where did that money go

“Elvis has left the building”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#21 Nov 12, 2008
inside wrote:
<quoted text>they are making money they are sending it back to nashville i know from inside
Regardless of whether or not that is true...the County and PEOPLE of Mississippi County MUST take over operation of the hospital for it to survive what the parasitic hospital brokers have done to our hospital since Baptist took it over. It was at THAT time that the Hospital Board turned over management to someone OTHER than the people of Mississippi County...been downhill ever since.

Surely someone in the City or County government is smart enough to know this...OK, maybe not.

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