HRMC supporters plan rally

HRMC supporters plan rally

There are 49 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 25, 2008, titled HRMC supporters plan rally. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Otis Sizemore never knew how important Haywood Regional Medical Center was to him and his family until his wife, Beverly, was diagnosed with a chronic bone marrow condition.

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HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#1 Mar 26, 2008
Glad to see a rally in support of our much needed hospital. Just an FYI, if Mrs. Sizemore needs a blood transfusion, she can go to Infusion Therapy at Home Care for this without being admitted to the hospital. She doesn't have to go 40 miles away. God bless you, Mrs. Sizemore.
Still in shock at events

Wilkesboro, NC

#2 Mar 26, 2008
I will be there to support HRMC, all the employees from the cafeteria, labs, nurses, doctors, etc. BUT I WILL NOT AND DO NOT SUPPORT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION WHO WERE UNDER RICE. My Gosh, people, wake up. Those VP's under Rice, have got to go. Please do not insult my intelligence and tell me "they didn't know" or they feared for their jobs. That's what they got the big bucks for (not to mention the $40,000 kitchen). And after talking with former employees who are "in the know", the truth hasn't even begun to come out. You want to make amends and redeem yourself, then get out of OUR hospital, that YOU helped run into the ground. Would someone PLEASE tell me, WHY these VP's are still employed? I don't understand?
I agree, we as a community need to show support. But what about accountability? The only reason the Boards want to focus on recovery for HRMC, is so it will not focus on them, and their part and accountability in hospital hitting "bottom".
Still the good ole boy network in Waynesville. Try and get someone elected, who has moved into this county, who is well qualified, who really wants to do their part in progressing our lives. But they can't break in the good ole boy system. Cause everyone's connected, from the School Boards, to the Board of Commissioners, HCC, HRMC, D.A. office,Mayor. The reason for no "outsiders", accountability. Let the wagons circle, any time their is an issue. Even the local paper, The Mountaineer, protects by not giving all the news. And you heard what happened to Smoky Mtn. News. The hospital pulled their advertising, because of the investigative reporting.
By the way, I'm a local, born and breed in Haywood Co.
Kdog

Spruce Pine, NC

#3 Mar 26, 2008
Interesting in a report in today's Smoky Mtn. News entitled "HRMC Board to Hold Another Vote for Chairman." Earlier this month the hospital board elected Glenn White to replace Nancy Freeman as chair of the board. The question was raised whether that vote was valid, as the bylaws call for election of the board chair in April at the annual meeting, after new board members are appointed by the County Commissioners.

"Board member Jim Stevens expressed an unfamiliarity with hospital bylaws last week, saying he had not read them." Stevens is also a past chairman of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners.

I have served on several non-profit boards. Reading and becoming familiar with bylaws is one of the very first things a board member should do.
concerned

Easley, SC

#4 Mar 26, 2008
HRMC supporter wrote:
Glad to see a rally in support of our much needed hospital. Just an FYI, if Mrs. Sizemore needs a blood transfusion, she can go to Infusion Therapy at Home Care for this without being admitted to the hospital. She doesn't have to go 40 miles away. God bless you, Mrs. Sizemore.
So much for HIPPA!!!!!!!
Down N Dirty

Spruce Pine, NC

#5 Mar 26, 2008
There's still 2 more that need to go..........
Byers and Lipham. How much money are they making out there? Until that old Regime is gone...nothing is gonna get any better.
Blue Ridge Sovereign

Hickory, NC

#6 Mar 26, 2008
concerned wrote:
<quoted text> So much for HIPPA!!!!!!!
How is HIPPA being questioned here? The patient name, medical condition, and treatment options are fully disclosed to the public in the article, I'm certain with the full consent of the patient mentioned in the article. This information regarding, Infusion Therapy at Home Care, may be beneficial to other patients having to travel out of the county to receive these services, many who are too sick to travel.
HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#7 Mar 26, 2008
Okay, I get that this is America and people have Freedom of Speech, but there sure are alot of experts on how this hospital should be run, how clean and/or dirty it is, etc.

Since this is America, people do have the right to choose, including which hospital they desire. There have always been those that did not choose HRMC and always will be. There are, however, many that do choose to use HRMC for many of their own personal reasons. This hospital is very busy right now. They are actually collaborating on writing policy and procedure, looking at processes to improve care, educating all the staff, cleaning every nook and cranny(I actually saw a nurse taking the cover off of overhead lights and cleaning the lightbulbs). So, rock on, HRMC. I feel confident the staff with the help of the Compass group and present administration will give us an excellent hospital. By the way, from the way I understand it, there will not be the "top heavy" administration as in the past. You do have to leave a member or two from the past to help the present staffers understand the culture and history of the place. I can just about bet within this next year, almost all the board and administration will be new faces. Yahoo.

There is one concern I hope the Compass group and present administration work on, that is CUSTOMER SERVICE. There is a lack of social skills when it comes to greeting patients and communicating. Even the some of the Nursing Supervisors can be very curt and short at best. Everyone wise up, SERVICE means just that, serve your public with a smile and a positive attitude. My children have all been taught---Always smile and be kind to anyone you see-you could be the last person they see on this earth or you could be the one that keeps them from giving up on living with just your smile and kindness. Good lesson for all.

Gods will be done.
HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#8 Mar 26, 2008
Blue Ridge Sovereign wrote:
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How is HIPPA being questioned here? The patient name, medical condition, and treatment options are fully disclosed to the public in the article, I'm certain with the full consent of the patient mentioned in the article. This information regarding, Infusion Therapy at Home Care, may be beneficial to other patients having to travel out of the county to receive these services, many who are too sick to travel.
Thank you. I guess "concerned" didn't read the article that this blog was in response to. One on those, I'm ready to critisize without knowing the facts. It is public information once published in the newspaper. Duh.
ex-staff_RN at HRMC

AOL

#9 Mar 26, 2008
confidence??
In HRMC??

OK.

I am confident that if the current administration remains in place that nothing will change at HRMC.
All of the remaining Rice group need to go as well as any of the remaining hospital board members.

They should all be ashamed of what they have done...and not done.
concerned

Easley, SC

#10 Mar 26, 2008
Blue Ridge Sovereign wrote:
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How is HIPPA being questioned here? The patient name, medical condition, and treatment options are fully disclosed to the public in the article, I'm certain with the full consent of the patient mentioned in the article. This information regarding, Infusion Therapy at Home Care, may be beneficial to other patients having to travel out of the county to receive these services, many who are too sick to travel.
Sorry if I ruffled your feathers. I was not aware that there had been a public article concerning this woman. What paper was it in? Thanks
concerned

Easley, SC

#11 Mar 26, 2008
HRMC supporter wrote:
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Thank you. I guess "concerned" didn't read the article that this blog was in response to. One on those, I'm ready to critisize without knowing the facts. It is public information once published in the newspaper. Duh.
Just reread the article. Testy are you not! Maybe you have PMS.
HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#12 Mar 26, 2008
concerned wrote:
<quoted text> Sorry if I ruffled your feathers. I was not aware that there had been a public article concerning this woman. What paper was it in? Thanks
Appreciate your concern. It was in this mornings paper. Have a great day.
Prideworks

Killeen, TX

#13 Mar 26, 2008
concerned wrote:
<quoted text> So much for HIPPA!!!!!!!
agreed..the patient referenced in that post needs to contact the Compass Group regarding a HIPPA violation.
Prideworks

Killeen, TX

#14 Mar 26, 2008
concerned wrote:
<quoted text> Sorry if I ruffled your feathers. I was not aware that there had been a public article concerning this woman. What paper was it in? Thanks
HIPPA guidelines are specific as to WHAT information the patient gives permission to be available to the public. I did not see any mention in any printed word that this patient had given permission for this specificinformation to be made public; or that they had been consulted before this statement was made. Ergo, unless that permission was made public also, the statement regarding a reference to other possible treatment options is a violation of that patients' privacy under HIPPA.
Prideworks

Killeen, TX

#15 Mar 26, 2008
HRMC supporter wrote:
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Thank you. I guess "concerned" didn't read the article that this blog was in response to. One on those, I'm ready to critisize without knowing the facts. It is public information once published in the newspaper. Duh.
The infusion therapy is not mentioned in the article; nor is there any mention by the patient THAT SHE GIVES PERMISSION FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION mentioned in the article. The next statement regarding her care goes too far and should be reported to HIPPA
Present staffer

Sanford, NC

#16 Mar 26, 2008
ex-staff_RN at HRMC wrote:
confidence??
In HRMC??
OK.
I am confident that if the current administration remains in place that nothing will change at HRMC.
All of the remaining Rice group need to go as well as any of the remaining hospital board members.
They should all be ashamed of what they have done...and not done.
I concur that they should be ashamed, and I believe many were ashamed. It is very unfortunate that many followed their leader without question. This Compass group is educating the Board on their responsibility as the "governing body" which makes all administrators and personnel responsible to them. I also wish we could go back and punish those that were accountable for this situation. The biggest guilty parties, Rice, Harris, and Arrington, are gone. And let's not forget our County Commissioners did not educate the board they elected on their responsibilities(like the forgot to do with the now defunct Council on Aging). This has to be water under the bridge for now due to all efforts at this time need to be focused on correcting sited deficiencies and hiring appropriate personnel in many positions. Now would be a good time for anyone with areas of concern to contact the hospital for those to be corrected at this dedicated time and effort to become a quality institution.

Thank you everyone that has supported this hospital in very stressful times.

Many of the staffers have gone to work with the mission to take of our patient load for that evening and make a difference in those few people's lives as we were not able to do anything else. We hope to continue to provide this care and become even better if not the best in the area.
Cecil Bothwell

Maxton, NC

#17 Mar 26, 2008
Attention all you knuckleheads who are laughing at me. I have decided to run for the US Senate. enough of this local politics. A man of my intelligence and stature must aim for higher goals.

Cecil Bothwell
Candidate for US Senate
http://bothwell4buncombe.com/
HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#18 Mar 26, 2008
Prideworks wrote:
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The infusion therapy is not mentioned in the article; nor is there any mention by the patient THAT SHE GIVES PERMISSION FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION mentioned in the article. The next statement regarding her care goes too far and should be reported to HIPPA
The article stated the person might need a blood transfusion. Information where she might get that treatment was given. The paper PUBLISHED this. Everytime I am interviewed by the paper, they ask permission. I guess if ACT did not get permission, this could be a violation, but that is stretching it, since HIPPA states the information was obtained as part of the writers job (as in looking at a medical record, or being a doctor, nurse, lab technician, etc., working on the patient.). Anyways, I was just trying to get the information out to the people that may need Infusion Therapy that they can do that in Haywood County. Sorry if I was being too caring. Glad I'm not part of the personnel at the hospital but I now understand why they are all feeling like they are being stoned and judged as one group. My prayers and support still go out to them. I need them to become recertified as I have a loved one that requires care there and I prefer HRMC to other area hospitals.

Since: Feb 08

Spruce Pine, NC

#19 Mar 26, 2008
Present staffer wrote:
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And let's not forget our County Commissioners did not educate the board they elected on their responsibilities(like the forgot to do with the now defunct Council on Aging).
Again, I have served on non-profit boards in the past. It is not the job of the County Commissioners to train hospital board members in their responsibilities. But it is the job of the County Commissioners to select members of the hospital board (and other similar boards) who have background and experience in running a business.

The board of any non-profit or quasi-governmental agency (as is HRMC) has a few basic duties:
1. Long range planning
2. Financial oversight (including budgeting)
3. Hiring the top executive(s)
4. General management oversight, by asking tough questions and demanding answers from administration

It is very easy to get bogged down as a board in the financial outlook, while losing sight of the basic purpose of the organization or the reason for its existence. When I went on the board of the Literacy Council many years ago, that board was focused on money and fundraising, instead of how many students were we serving and how many tutors were serving those students. By the time I went off that board, the student and tutor numbers were always item #1 on every board meeting agenda.

There are basic ways to measure how well the organization is fulfilling its mission, and that should always be front and center for the governing board. In the case of HRMC, administration appeared to be focused on fancy buildings and fancy advertising. The board should have been asking the tough questions about accreditation, Medicare certification, staff morale, and the quality of patient care.

In summary, HRMC had arrogant administration, and a lap-dog board. The results of that combination for any organization are disastrous.
HRMC supporter

Sanford, NC

#20 Mar 26, 2008
Kdog wrote:
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Again, I have served on non-profit boards in the past. It is not the job of the County Commissioners to train hospital board members in their responsibilities. But it is the job of the County Commissioners to select members of the hospital board (and other similar boards) who have background and experience in running a business.
The board of any non-profit or quasi-governmental agency (as is HRMC) has a few basic duties:
1. Long range planning
2. Financial oversight (including budgeting)
3. Hiring the top executive(s)
4. General management oversight, by asking tough questions and demanding answers from administration
It is very easy to get bogged down as a board in the financial outlook, while losing sight of the basic purpose of the organization or the reason for its existence. When I went on the board of the Literacy Council many years ago, that board was focused on money and fundraising, instead of how many students were we serving and how many tutors were serving those students. By the time I went off that board, the student and tutor numbers were always item #1 on every board meeting agenda.
There are basic ways to measure how well the organization is fulfilling its mission, and that should always be front and center for the governing board. In the case of HRMC, administration appeared to be focused on fancy buildings and fancy advertising. The board should have been asking the tough questions about accreditation, Medicare certification, staff morale, and the quality of patient care.
In summary, HRMC had arrogant administration, and a lap-dog board. The results of that combination for any organization are disastrous.
Very well put. I hope the board is reading these blogs, they could learn alot from them. Thanks for your insight.

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