Chico's Enloe Medical Center partners...

Chico's Enloe Medical Center partners with Biggs-Gridley hospital

There are 14 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Apr 12, 2010, titled Chico's Enloe Medical Center partners with Biggs-Gridley hospital. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Like a good neighbor, Enloe is there. The State Farm insurance jingle is something Enloe Medical Center would like to see applied to itself.

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juanita

Chico, CA

#1 Apr 12, 2010
Does Larry Mitchell work for the paper or for the hospital? How about a news piece about Enloe for a change, instead of a ad-itorial?

How about an article explaining why Enloe charges $7500 a day when Feather River "only" charges $2300 a day? How about explaining why a two block ambulance ride costs $2500? And how about that $7000 an hour Emergency Room charge? All that would make a great NEWS piece.
No Name

Redding, CA

#2 Apr 12, 2010
Now all the illegals in Gridley will be treated by Enloe which will affect their bottom line which will in turn cause Enloe to raise their rates. Great move Enloe.
GrowUP

Yolo, CA

#3 Apr 12, 2010
juanita wrote:
Does Larry Mitchell work for the paper or for the hospital? How about a news piece about Enloe for a change, instead of a ad-itorial?
How about an article explaining why Enloe charges $7500 a day when Feather River "only" charges $2300 a day? How about explaining why a two block ambulance ride costs $2500? And how about that $7000 an hour Emergency Room charge? All that would make a great NEWS piece.
Your ignorant!
no its true

Chico, CA

#4 Apr 12, 2010
Enloe is no longer the hospital it used to be. Last week i went in for a minor surgery and had
to wait 3 hours for them to re-sterlize the equipment. It is nasty now. Staph runs deep there.

“Strength lies in differences, ”

Since: Nov 08

Chico, California

#5 Apr 12, 2010
no its true wrote:
Enloe is no longer the hospital it used to be. Last week i went in for a minor surgery and had
to wait 3 hours for them to re-sterlize the equipment. It is nasty now. Staph runs deep there.
It's been like that for a while. I've had a family member die because of their carelessness, and the doctors excuse was "it was going to happen in the next couple of weeks anyways." It was an infection caused by unsterilized equipment.
nothanksenloe

Paradise, CA

#6 Apr 12, 2010
i live in Gridley and am not a fan of our local "hospital" or Enloe. I've had horrible experiences at both. Enloe needs a complete internal workings makeover. They seem to be completely incapable of basic practices which is very scary. If i ever needed urgent care again i would drive south to yuba city or sacramento if i had the time. Chico and surrounding areas are screwed for dependable hospitals. Enloe, you've already blown it with the community! You're NEVER going to convince me that by going to the local "hospital" in Gridley, i would ever use your services for any potential further health problems in the future.
flip side

Brooks, CA

#7 Apr 13, 2010
nothanksenloe wrote:
i live in Gridley and am not a fan of our local "hospital" or Enloe. I've had horrible experiences at both. Enloe needs a complete internal workings makeover. They seem to be completely incapable of basic practices which is very scary. If i ever needed urgent care again i would drive south to yuba city or sacramento if i had the time. Chico and surrounding areas are screwed for dependable hospitals. Enloe, you've already blown it with the community! You're NEVER going to convince me that by going to the local "hospital" in Gridley, i would ever use your services for any potential further health problems in the future.
And I would never go to Fremont-Rideout. The BGMH is a small rural hospital and has a modest amount of talented daoctors and facilities. We have used it frequently over the years and it has serviced the residents and traveling public well.

With the traffic along the 99W corridor and the amount of simple but serious ag and industry accidents in the area it is great to have a ER facility and staff on hand.

I would hate to have to have a serious disease or injury handled there, that's why they get transfered to a better facility. We recently had a complicated and potentialy life-threating issue with a famly member.

We knew it was over BGMH's head, and thought that we would end up getting transfered to Fremont-Rideout.(We didn't know about the recent assocation w/Enloe) So we just loaded up and went to Enloe, and they were right on the mark with care and diagonosis. The EM surgery was delivered in a prompt fashion, and no post-surgery infection. Amazing, considered our past experiances with the F/R or even Feather River which we also frequent.

We have no axe to grind with F/R, but we have family members and friends that work in the facility and so you get to know all the dirt up front. Even my DR. friend takes his family elsewhere.
MWiltermood CEO EMC

Chico, CA

#8 Apr 13, 2010
Enloe Medical Center's intent in working collaboratively with Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital is simply to help in a way that is mutually beneficial to our hospitals and our communities. There is absolutely no risk of costs spinning out of control or physicians or hospitals losing their autonomy in this arrangement; it certainly is not a repeat of what was attempted in Chester and Willows. Our rural community hospitals now benefit from a federal designation called "Critical Access" which provides additional funding to these very important health care institutions. This additional funding helps to insure the long term viability of remote rural hospitals while maintaining local control.
For those of you who might have concerns about Enloe Medical Center's performance, I would like to invite you to contact me personally or to attend one of our regularly held public forums. There is actually quite a bit of objective data available through federal and state supported websites, which speak to the cost of care as well as infection rates. The idea that staph and other infections run deep at Enloe Medical Center is simply not true. The hospital acquired infection rate at EMC is below the national average, and we are far below the national average in sepsis mortality, ventilator induced pneumonia and other dangerous infections. Clearly, like all hospitals, we make mistakes, but we try to be honest about them- not only with the patients involved but in our regular visits from licensing agencies as well as our relationship with the media. We are working diligently to keep our patients as safe as possible; we have a very dedicated group of employees and an extremely well trained and dedicated medical staff providing great leadership in this regard.
As far as costs and charges go, there are some comparative data on the website www.oshpd.ca.gov/commonsurgery . While health care can certainly be expensive, in general, EMC's costs and charges are at least comparable to other institutions of it's size and complexity.
Again, please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.

“Strength lies in differences, ”

Since: Nov 08

Chico, California

#9 Apr 13, 2010
MWiltermood CEO EMC wrote:
Enloe Medical Center's intent in working collaboratively with Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital is simply to help in a way that is mutually beneficial to our hospitals and our communities. There is absolutely no risk of costs spinning out of control or physicians or hospitals losing their autonomy in this arrangement; it certainly is not a repeat of what was attempted in Chester and Willows. Our rural community hospitals now benefit from a federal designation called "Critical Access" which provides additional funding to these very important health care institutions. This additional funding helps to insure the long term viability of remote rural hospitals while maintaining local control.
For those of you who might have concerns about Enloe Medical Center's performance, I would like to invite you to contact me personally or to attend one of our regularly held public forums. There is actually quite a bit of objective data available through federal and state supported websites, which speak to the cost of care as well as infection rates. The idea that staph and other infections run deep at Enloe Medical Center is simply not true. The hospital acquired infection rate at EMC is below the national average, and we are far below the national average in sepsis mortality, ventilator induced pneumonia and other dangerous infections. Clearly, like all hospitals, we make mistakes, but we try to be honest about them- not only with the patients involved but in our regular visits from licensing agencies as well as our relationship with the media. We are working diligently to keep our patients as safe as possible; we have a very dedicated group of employees and an extremely well trained and dedicated medical staff providing great leadership in this regard.
As far as costs and charges go, there are some comparative data on the website www.oshpd.ca.gov/commonsurgery . While health care can certainly be expensive, in general, EMC's costs and charges are at least comparable to other institutions of it's size and complexity.
Again, please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.
Tell me why my son has to grow up not knowing of his Grandpa.
MWiltermood CEO EMC

Chico, CA

#10 Apr 13, 2010
To anyone who feels that something has gone wrong at our hospital, I would like to encourage you to report your concern. Ideally, we would like to be contacted directly, and we do have a formal grievance process. However, the California Department of Public Health will also investigate complaints and preserve your privacy to the extent possible. We have a local CDPH office here in Chico. You can also register a complaint with the Joint Commission, which is an independent agency and subsidiary of the American Hospital Association that accredits hospitals nationwide. The worst possible thing for our community and for our local hospitals is for some medical error to go unreported, or for the public to have a misinformed opinion of the local health services. Doctors, nurses, and many other health professionals work very hard to save lives and make people better. We all appreciate constructive, honest feedback that will improve clinical results, no matter how hard the news may be.
Glock

United States

#11 Apr 14, 2010
once again Enloe tryed to close the hospital in Willows after convencing that community that enloe had their best intrest at hart' It took a court order to stop Enloe from closeing that Hospital so wach your back Gridley and good luck.
AProudEnloeEmplo yee

Magalia, CA

#12 May 5, 2010
I must say reading some of these posts are a little disappointing. I have worked at Enloe for almost five years in a non-clinical department and have personally undergone 2 surgeries at Enloe. One of which was very serious, both times I recieved excellent care from everyone from the doctors who treated me to the EVS staff that had to clean my room. As the CEO (how much more community based can you be where the CEO of a company personally invites you to contact him???) stated about Enloe, we are competitivly prices. All you have to do is look at the data yourself. Feather River isn't a trauma center. They're not going to send their helicopter to aid in saving your life if you get in a horrible accident in some remote area. Enloe WILL. Enloe DOES!

Granted Enloe's ER is cramped and takes a while when you are not seriously ill or injured, but has anyone noticed the huge structure being built???? It's not just a statue that's going up, it's so Enloe can accommidate our ever growing community. If you don't want a three hour wait in the ER for the stomach flu, go to one of our promptcares. That's what they are there for.

Does anyone posting here realize how much Enloe gives back to our community? Not only does Enloe offer support groups, education and that type of stuff, Enloe has a charity care program that reduces if not eliminates your bill if you can prove you are within 350% of federal poverty guidelines. Does your doctor do that for you? No, because they won't even see you if you don't have insurance or can't pay. Private physicians get to pick and choose their patients. Enloe will treat ANYONE who walks through the door. No matter what your situation may be.

So to say the least, I am very proud to be an Enloe Employee of going on 5 years, which is a very small amount of time compared to the hundred or more employees that have been with Enloe for over 20 years.

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a love one, but unless their was gross negligence involved, it's not right to blame the people who spend their lives caring for other people who are sick. The human body is a fragle, delicate and complicated thing. Sometimes, there just isn't an explaination for things going badly.

To the person who posted under the name TheSkittles, greif is hard. I hope you can move past anger and get to forgiveness.

“Strength lies in differences, ”

Since: Nov 08

Chico, California

#13 May 7, 2010
AProudEnloeEmployee wrote:
I must say reading some of these posts are a little disappointing. I have worked at Enloe for almost five years in a non-clinical department and have personally undergone 2 surgeries at Enloe. One of which was very serious, both times I recieved excellent care from everyone from the doctors who treated me to the EVS staff that had to clean my room. As the CEO (how much more community based can you be where the CEO of a company personally invites you to contact him???) stated about Enloe, we are competitivly prices. All you have to do is look at the data yourself. Feather River isn't a trauma center. They're not going to send their helicopter to aid in saving your life if you get in a horrible accident in some remote area. Enloe WILL. Enloe DOES!
Granted Enloe's ER is cramped and takes a while when you are not seriously ill or injured, but has anyone noticed the huge structure being built???? It's not just a statue that's going up, it's so Enloe can accommidate our ever growing community. If you don't want a three hour wait in the ER for the stomach flu, go to one of our promptcares. That's what they are there for.
Does anyone posting here realize how much Enloe gives back to our community? Not only does Enloe offer support groups, education and that type of stuff, Enloe has a charity care program that reduces if not eliminates your bill if you can prove you are within 350% of federal poverty guidelines. Does your doctor do that for you? No, because they won't even see you if you don't have insurance or can't pay. Private physicians get to pick and choose their patients. Enloe will treat ANYONE who walks through the door. No matter what your situation may be.
So to say the least, I am very proud to be an Enloe Employee of going on 5 years, which is a very small amount of time compared to the hundred or more employees that have been with Enloe for over 20 years.
My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a love one, but unless their was gross negligence involved, it's not right to blame the people who spend their lives caring for other people who are sick. The human body is a fragle, delicate and complicated thing. Sometimes, there just isn't an explaination for things going badly.
To the person who posted under the name TheSkittles, greif is hard. I hope you can move past anger and get to forgiveness.
That wasn't my only upset from Enloe. They had forgotten me in the lobby when i was suppose to have emergency surgery. I was lucky enough to have someone with me who panicked when i started turning pale and demanded why they hadn't sent me back yet.

What bothered me the most of losing my father-in-law was the doctor's immediate excuse to the grieving family. "He would have died in a week anyways." That haunts me, especially after we received the autopsy report. I don't understand why someone would say that to a family who lost someone special in their lives.
juanita

United States

#14 May 8, 2010
MWiltermood CEO EMC wrote:
Enloe Medical Center's intent in working collaboratively with Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital is simply to help in a way that is mutually beneficial to our hospitals and our communities. There is absolutely no risk of costs spinning out of control or physicians or hospitals losing their autonomy in this arrangement; it certainly is not a repeat of what was attempted in Chester and Willows. Our rural community hospitals now benefit from a federal designation called "Critical Access" which provides additional funding to these very important health care institutions. This additional funding helps to insure the long term viability of remote rural hospitals while maintaining local control.
For those of you who might have concerns about Enloe Medical Center's performance, I would like to invite you to contact me personally or to attend one of our regularly held public forums. There is actually quite a bit of objective data available through federal and state supported websites, which speak to the cost of care as well as infection rates. The idea that staph and other infections run deep at Enloe Medical Center is simply not true. The hospital acquired infection rate at EMC is below the national average, and we are far below the national average in sepsis mortality, ventilator induced pneumonia and other dangerous infections. Clearly, like all hospitals, we make mistakes, but we try to be honest about them- not only with the patients involved but in our regular visits from licensing agencies as well as our relationship with the media. We are working diligently to keep our patients as safe as possible; we have a very dedicated group of employees and an extremely well trained and dedicated medical staff providing great leadership in this regard.
As far as costs and charges go, there are some comparative data on the website www.oshpd.ca.gov/commonsurgery . While health care can certainly be expensive, in general, EMC's costs and charges are at least comparable to other institutions of it's size and complexity.
Again, please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.
Mike, I wrote you a simple e-mail asking why rooms at Enloe are $7500 a day and you never responded. "Expensive"?$7500 a day, for a shared room? That does not include "care", which is extra. That's not expensive, that's obscene Mike. That's not comparable to Feather River Hosp, which is also undergoing a remodel costing millions of dollars. And Feather River is cleaner and more pleasant.

At Feather River we met nursing workers who live in Chico. Why drive all the way to Feather River we asked, doesn't Enloe need nurses? They told us they work at Feather River by choice, they don't want to work at Enloe. We didn't dig, we didn't need to.

The man in the next bed was also from Chico. He had a nice insurance package from his longtime job with a major local employer, but he chose Feather River. One of his guests was a well known Chico businessman who had his wife in Feather River also. He could write a book on why he took his wife to Feather River instead of Enloe - he named one person after another who'd had problems at Enloe - mistakes, infections, outrageous, unexplained charges.

Our friend was told, by Enloe, that he got e-coli from knee surgery there because his doctor "defecated and did not wash his hands."

Enloe was run out of Glenn County. People don't put up with sheisters in Glenn County.

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