CHOMP plans deep cuts to budget

CHOMP plans deep cuts to budget

There are 29 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jul 22, 2010, titled CHOMP plans deep cuts to budget. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Faced with a decline in revenue and with cost-cutting efforts falling behind, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula officials are planning to slash the hospital's budget by nearly twice what they originally planned.

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reality

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#21 Aug 9, 2010
the reality is, CHOMP is a really unhappy place to be working at right now. People who have put in 15, 20 years have been laid off, medical benefits for families with children have been lost, Employees fear for their jobs because "no one is safe", patient loads are increasing. It's very depressing to come to work anymore. Some employees have been told to put on a cheery face for their patients and visitors even though they are worried. It is really hard to be cheery right now. Employees just wait around for the next round of lay offs to be announced. I'm not even sure how many employees CHOMP has laid off since this all started last year. Today, 8/9/2010 lay off letters have been distributed, again. I think this has been the third round of lay offs. I've lost count.
I do know I've lost many friends and many great employees have been eliminated. It's very sad.
Pack U

Salinas, CA

#22 Aug 9, 2010
Nobody can keep the never-ending multiplying tally of a count in their head. Stevie himself cant count that high within his limited management lacking skull. CHOMP likes to keep up with the Jones' however the Jones's across town have been doing the same.... When will it stop and who pays for the CEO's ego's? I can't wait until those iconic koi fish go belly up just as the hard working staff do and lets not mention the actual patients... but they have nothing to do with this...???? It's very sad.. Healthcare is a failing system and we are now seeing it crumble just as every other poorly managed industry. We can blame healthcare reform all we want but there are also the poor decision makers with limited managerial kills to point a finger (or ten) at..
Joe

Seaside, CA

#23 Aug 10, 2010
In an effort to rein in costs CHOMP is acting like any other large corporation: layoffs, cutbacks, high salaries to upper echelon, media campaign to make them look friendly, etc.

As the only hospital on this side of town,they can do what they want. They have hired consultants to staff and run their new facility in Marina.

Like any large business that grew quickly, they are having to trim their bottom line.

By the way, their are lots of rich Medicare patients who go to CHOMP, guess who gets screwed by being charged the maximum: Blue Cross, Blue Shield, etc: if they even accept these plans.

CHOMP's administration are the ones playing hardball with insurance companies, the docs are all contractors.

FYI: It is an urban myth that illegals go to the ER. They are more afraid of being caught. The real abusers are those who wait too long when sick, can't get to their MD, or don't have one. I bet most of these folks have insurance and think it's healthcare.
Registered Nurse

Seaside, CA

#24 Aug 14, 2010
As an employee of CHOMP I have to say that even after the budget cuts, I feel very fortunate to work here rather than other local hospitals. Patients get excellent health care because of the staffing, supplies and support the company gives it's employees.
I know that it is and has always been CHOMP's policy to not negotiate lower rates with insurance companies. Also for the uninsured, CHOMP has an amazing "sponsored care" program that helps pay for the bill of the uninsured by generous gifts from community members. I have never heard of such a thing.
I truly think CHOMP is a special place. It has a non-unionized nursing staff, it is not run by a large corporate entity, and the volunteer presence is amazing.
Those at the top need to have cuts too, but at least for this year we need to cut around $20 million dollars, I don't think cutting bonuses would suffice.
I recognize that CHOMP is more expensive than many hospitals, but it would be a shame for our community hospital to lose some of the things that make it awesome.
NiggoPlease

Monterey, CA

#25 Aug 14, 2010
Registered Nurse wrote:
As an employee of CHOMP I have to say that even after the budget cuts, I feel very fortunate to work here rather than other local hospitals. Patients get excellent health care because of the staffing, supplies and support the company gives it's employees.
I know that it is and has always been CHOMP's policy to not negotiate lower rates with insurance companies. Also for the uninsured, CHOMP has an amazing "sponsored care" program that helps pay for the bill of the uninsured by generous gifts from community members. I have never heard of such a thing.
I truly think CHOMP is a special place. It has a non-unionized nursing staff, it is not run by a large corporate entity, and the volunteer presence is amazing.
Those at the top need to have cuts too, but at least for this year we need to cut around $20 million dollars, I don't think cutting bonuses would suffice.
I recognize that CHOMP is more expensive than many hospitals, but it would be a shame for our community hospital to lose some of the things that make it awesome.
You sound like a member of CHOMP management. CHOMP is outrageously expensive. Why, with so many volunteers?
Chris Matthews

Salinas, CA

#26 Aug 14, 2010
People on this thread can advance as many pro- or anti-CHOMP messages they want. This does not change the fact that CHOMP cannot sustain itself despite being nestled among the most affluent population centers in Monterey County.

In most settings, sane investors heavily scrutinize a business' strategy, vision and management before entrusting it with $2-5 million in funding. It is amazing to me that CHOMP's board allows its hospital (which, according to its own literature, brought in $9.6 million in donations ALONE in 2009) to be run by someone with little if any outside management experience. This is an unnecessarily huge risk. Given the hospital's current difficulties, it seems to me that anyone with any kind of sense would look very critically to determine whether CHOMP's historical success is attributable more to managerial prowess or environmental conditions (take by analogy the late 90's where any idiot could have made money acting as "CEO" during the bubble, but very few of those people had any business running companies intended to survive in more rational environments).

If Packer can successfully lead CHOMP back to being a relevant health care institution (instead of some perfidious boutique nursing home preying upon wealthy octogenarians), then he deserves the praise he so desperately seeks through CHOMP's mawkish publications. However if he fails (and unfortunately, I believe this is the more likely scenario), there will likely be fingers pointed in many directions, but the simple fact will be that CHOMP fails on his watch. Bad management begets bad management.

Drink all the Kool-Aid and talk all the trash you want, but the scoreboard never lies. I hope in the end, Monterey Peninsula does not lose what (under appropriate guidance) can be an efficient, sustainable leader in the world of health care institutions.
check it out

Salinas, CA

#27 Aug 16, 2010
Registered Nurse wrote:
As an employee of CHOMP I have to say that even after the budget cuts, I feel very fortunate to work here rather than other local hospitals. Patients get excellent health care because of the staffing, supplies and support the company gives it's employees.
I know that it is and has always been CHOMP's policy to not negotiate lower rates with insurance companies. Also for the uninsured, CHOMP has an amazing "sponsored care" program that helps pay for the bill of the uninsured by generous gifts from community members. I have never heard of such a thing.
I truly think CHOMP is a special place. It has a non-unionized nursing staff, it is not run by a large corporate entity, and the volunteer presence is amazing.
Those at the top need to have cuts too, but at least for this year we need to cut around $20 million dollars, I don't think cutting bonuses would suffice.
I recognize that CHOMP is more expensive than many hospitals, but it would be a shame for our community hospital to lose some of the things that make it awesome.
All Hospitals are required to have a sponsored care program and CHOMP just recently started giving written notice to each registering patient about the program. Before that, it was a little known fact to the registering patient.
asleep at the wheel

Salinas, CA

#28 Aug 16, 2010
Chris Matthews wrote:
People on this thread can advance as many pro- or anti-CHOMP messages they want. This does not change the fact that CHOMP cannot sustain itself despite being nestled among the most affluent population centers in Monterey County.
In most settings, sane investors heavily scrutinize a business' strategy, vision and management before entrusting it with $2-5 million in funding. It is amazing to me that CHOMP's board allows its hospital (which, according to its own literature, brought in $9.6 million in donations ALONE in 2009) to be run by someone with little if any outside management experience. This is an unnecessarily huge risk. Given the hospital's current difficulties, it seems to me that anyone with any kind of sense would look very critically to determine whether CHOMP's historical success is attributable more to managerial prowess or environmental conditions (take by analogy the late 90's where any idiot could have made money acting as "CEO" during the bubble, but very few of those people had any business running companies intended to survive in more rational environments).
If Packer can successfully lead CHOMP back to being a relevant health care institution (instead of some perfidious boutique nursing home preying upon wealthy octogenarians), then he deserves the praise he so desperately seeks through CHOMP's mawkish publications. However if he fails (and unfortunately, I believe this is the more likely scenario), there will likely be fingers pointed in many directions, but the simple fact will be that CHOMP fails on his watch. Bad management begets bad management.
Drink all the Kool-Aid and talk all the trash you want, but the scoreboard never lies. I hope in the end, Monterey Peninsula does not lose what (under appropriate guidance) can be an efficient, sustainable leader in the world of health care institutions.
Unfortunatly CHOMP is heading down a scary path. Admin has stopped new technologies, long time staff is getting out before all benifits dry up, whole units are closed, and units that are open are so tightly staffed that employees are burning out.
pls mr prez. save the hosp some money and take a pay cut.
also thin the herd of supervisors, the ones that never lift a finger of patient care, who take down 100k salaries. keep the real workers, the ones that take care of your mom, aunt, grand dad and children!!!thank you
Stanford Fan

Hollister, CA

#29 Oct 15, 2010
My doctor wanted me to have an MRI of my knee and referred me to CHOMP. Then I checked out how much I was going to pay and almost died of a different ailment,$7,500! I called SVMH and got about the same price and attitude to boot.

I ended up going to Coastal Valley Imaging Center in Carmel and the experience was fantastic. I had my scan done by a very enthusiastic tech and then actually got to sit down with a radiologist and view images of my knee in very minute detail. I knew my knew was a mess but it was nice to know and see the damage and not have to wait three weeks for results. Best part that since I had yet to meet my deductible, my out of pocket cost was only $892.00 and they let me make three payments. CHOMP WHO!!

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