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Aug 3, 2010
 

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Anyone notice the loose handling of money at the Weatherford Regional Hospital? Let's recap:

Had to raise money through a "telethon" type fundraiser to allocate funds to build current building

Haven't been in the black since.

3-4 years later, had to recently piggyback on Weatherford's revitalization vote to gain funds for improvements to the hospital (rehab center, office space, surgery ward).

Just announced that the hospital can't afford the improvements because it is still in the red. No layoffs (yet) but will probably cut hours and other expenses.

IN THE SAME WEEK

Announced that the new doctors that who have been recruited to WRH, received bonus checks.

Anyone see something wrong with all this? New hospital, never in the red, want to add-on, ask the public to pay for it, still can't pay for the additions, announce cut-backs, announce bonuses.

CEO Debbie Howe and the CFO Stephanie Helton are doing a real bang up job with YOUR money, Weatherford residents...
Junior

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Watch Dog, maybe you should be a running partner with Obama. It's nice to say the information (some of which may be true) that will get people's attention, but leave out the parts that actually affect the situation. Keep digging, maybe you'll get your information correct someday.

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Aug 25, 2010
 
Junior wrote:
Watch Dog, maybe you should be a running partner with Obama. It's nice to say the information (some of which may be true) that will get people's attention, but leave out the parts that actually affect the situation. Keep digging, maybe you'll get your information correct someday.
What parts, exactly, did I leave out there Junior? You tell me.
73096mad

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Aug 30, 2010
 
one reason this hospital has not been in the black for years is the type of care that is given when someone does dare to darken the doors of the establishment. For some reason they can not treat someone with a broken bone until 6 weeks later and then they send them to the hospital in the City. And you have someone come to the hospital with a nosebleed and they ask you if you are sure they want their child seen? Stupid question. Or you have someone whom has passed out at home several times over the past few weeks and has been taken to the ER staff and it takes an hour to see them for an initial inspection and information is taken and then they don't come back for 30 to 45 minutes for further treatment and where is the Dr I see multiple staff members but no DR? In our small rural communities all we have is our ambulance service and our hospitals factor in a hospital that can not do the job it is there to do and what do we have? I would not be afraid to fund anything the hospital needs because we need them but it has to be an establishment we can depend on and have faith in. can anyone whom lives in town say they are there for us when we need them. I can not imagine them having money problems maybe it is because they turn everyone over to the collection agency before they even send out the first bill!

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Aug 31, 2010
 
Heard this on the radio today: Year to date since the new venue has opened: $464,000 in the red. $85,000 this past July alone.
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Sep 1, 2010
 
Obviously 73096mad has been sent to collections since he/she knows first hand the hospital's collection policy.

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Sep 1, 2010
 
Set the record straight wrote:
Obviously 73096mad has been sent to collections since he/she knows first hand the hospital's collection policy.
Besides the point. Point is the hospital mis-handles and is loosing a lot of money.
i4got

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#8
Sep 2, 2010
 
Amen to the type of care you receive there. I was there a little over a year ago. After "finally" getting to see a dr. I was almost given a shot meant for another patient. The nurse had already swabbed my hip with the alcohol pad and was getting ready to inject me when my daughter noticed the nurse had the wrong patient file. SCARRY!!!!!!
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Sep 2, 2010
 
Come on people! Watch Dog...do you really believe that the Weatherford Hospital is the only hospital in western Oklahoma that is struggling? A lot of healthcare facilities are not doing well these days because of insurance company payments and cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. How come you haven't ranted about Integris Clinton Regional Hospital? Did you know that earlier in the year they got rid of all but 2 jobs in the Business Office and farmed the rest out to Oklahoma City? Did you know that they were not allowed to charge groceries at a local grocery store because they wouldn't pay their bill? It's funny how the public NEVER hears a peep about the Clinton hospital in the Clinton Daily News unless they've won an award. How convenient for the big corporate hospital to only share the good news. Instead of bashing the Weatherford hospital, how about you support it and be thankful that you have a place to take a loved one in need. What would happen if the hospital had to close? Would you rather drive to Clinton or Yukon with someone having a heart attack? I wouldn't. Oh and "i4got" I'm sure the hospital has a person who takes complaints so if you're worried about the care you got you can voice your concern. You'd probably get a lot further with it then airing your dirty laundry on here.
clinton citizen

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Sep 7, 2010
 
Why is it Weatherford people can't keep the debate to Weatherford. If they have a problem, just trash Clinton. Clinton Regional is an Integris Hospital. The changes you mentioned are "operational" changes and when you are part of a bigger operation, you have that. "Farmed out"? You are a joke! They farmed those spots out to ...... the corporate offices. Integris can't charge at a store in Clinton? Most corporations pay in a number of days. When that exceeds your margin you cut them off. How much could they be buying? Why is it easier to change the subject than honestly debate the problem.....

Keep your fight in Weatherford. You folks kill me. Your attitudes, your crime rate, your drug problems. Just blame it on Clinton. Heads in the sand......

Fortunately for Clinton, we deal in reality. We address our problems. And because of that, the Clinton Regional is not a huge drain on the city budget and the City of Clinton is not on the line for the millions of dollars in improvements Integris has spent over the last 10 years. Weatherford had an opportunity to partner with another major hospital and decided against it. Check out the covenents on the Weatherford Hospital debt and who is responsible for the millions in loans if the authority defaults? I hope they make it but these are challenging times and if Obama continues to squeze medicare reimbusements down, a lot of hospitals run by cities are going to have a problem. The debt loads are going to be problem for small town hospitals. Elk City's hospital just went in big time and the boom is gone. We shall see what the future holds. Just debate your own problems and leave Clinton out of it.....
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Sep 8, 2010
 
OK Clinton, leave Elk City out of it. Also, stop blaming everything on Obama. It is my understanding that many greedy doctors are causing problems for hospitals. Check the ownership of many of your cancer centers and even the heart hospital up by Mercy. Doctors own them. Local doctors are referring patients to these places and receiving kickbacks for the referrals. Doctors are setting up clinics everywhere. These places do not have to take any and all patients as hospitals do. This is not a doing of Obama's or the democrats. It is greedy doctors and I think if you will check, you will find that most of them are republicans - the greedy people who believe in "the rich getting richer".
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Sep 22, 2010
 
stormy, how idiotic can you be? When you go to medical school and get 300K+ in debt and then get reimbursed 10 dollars to read a cardiac test for medicare, it doesn't exactly make sense. Doctors pay more for school, put in way more hours than you could ever imagine, and I believe they deserve to get paid more than the average 9-5. The White House and Congress cut medicare payments to where hospitals LOSE MONEY on some xrays after getting paid by medicare, then they try taxing these businesses more? Ask CEOs of any business.. when you cut their budget, they have to lay people off to stay in the black.. why doesn't your president explain that before he pitches his smoke and mirrors ideas.. You are worried about MDs getting paid too much when they have 13 years of schooling to help YOU, while pro athletes get paid millions to do what they want with no education, party it up and hardly get punished when they commit crimes. Pull your head out! And the hospital actually has been in the black not so long ago, people.. They may be putting a lot of money into recruiting new DRs, but if so, it's something they believe will help the hospital in the long run. And Clinton, don't bring up crime rates when you are speaking about your town.. it just makes you sound ignorant.
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Sep 22, 2010
 
And as to the Clinton hospital situation.. Integris dictates how it is ran.. if they say "cut your budget or we will find someone that can", then the people running the hospital at Clinton are going to do what they have to.
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Sep 22, 2010
 
Junior, quit gripping about your pay and your 13 years of schooling. Most doctors do not pay for this 13 years of education. Many have their education and living expenses paid for them. Regardless of how much you are paid by Medicare, doctors are living higher on the hog than most. Many educators end up with more than 13 years of preparation to teach your children and what are they paid??? Dedication to any ones profession comes at a cost.
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Oct 6, 2010
 
Check crime rates, Junior. Weatherford has a problem and sounds like you are part of it. Just keep kiding your self though in your smug way!
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Jul 18, 2012
 
73096mad wrote:
one reason this hospital has not been in the black for years is the type of care that is given when someone does dare to darken the doors of the establishment. For some reason they can not treat someone with a broken bone until 6 weeks later and then they send them to the hospital in the City. And you have someone come to the hospital with a nosebleed and they ask you if you are sure they want their child seen? Stupid question. Or you have someone whom has passed out at home several times over the past few weeks and has been taken to the ER staff and it takes an hour to see them for an initial inspection and information is taken and then they don't come back for 30 to 45 minutes for further treatment and where is the Dr I see multiple staff members but no DR? In our small rural communities all we have is our ambulanceservice and our hospitals factor in a hospital that can not do the job it is there to do and what do we have? I would not be afraid to fund anything the hospital needs because we need them but it has to be an establishment we can depend on and have faith in. can anyone whom lives in town say they are there for us when we need them. I can not imagine them having money problems maybe it is because they turn everyone over to the collection agency before they even send out the first bill!
U R SO RIGHT!! The BILLING IS AWFUL!!! I HAVE FOUGHT With billing for months, have received a bill from collections and never received an actual bill. They bill so late. I owe her where as OKC I never Owe ANYTHING!! They don't know what they are doing!!! U can ask them questions and they can't answer them. They r stupid. I have never had a problem in OKC, not anyone understands. It is frustrating!!! B big new hospital does not make it better and a new administrator sure doesn't. I am not the only one who has had this problem!! Many, many people complain. Their billing is really a joke.
StopTheHate

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Jul 18, 2012
 
They wouldn't bill you unless you owed the money!
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Jul 20, 2012
 
I don't owe anything, it is the way they billed and coded it. I have double coverage ins. And have had multiple OP procedures in OKC and owe nothing. My secondary ins. picks up what my primary does not pay. It is this hopsital, they don't know what they are doing!!! I know, i have had someone who is familiar with billing and ins. to help me with this bill and the hospital is wrong. For Over 5 years I have owed nothing on my bills with double coverage!!!! I would not question if I knew I owed it. That is what is wrong so many people pay bills they do not owe! They never question what they owe.
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Jul 26, 2012
 
How about this...Weatherford Hospital has factually killed/almost killed a bunch of people...we are tired of walking up to the counter only to be met rudely by the snotty little bitches that are at the counter...get off your goddamn facebook or card game and help people out...How could anyone defend this piece of shit joke that has everything to do with Rick Koch making money...It just has had really bad karma from the get go...and will ALWAYS have bad karma. FUCK OFF WEATHERFORD HOSPITAL
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Jul 30, 2012
 
Stilly Reservist wrote:
How about this...Weatherford Hospital has factually killed/almost killed a bunch of people...we are tired of walking up to the counter only to be met rudely by the snotty little bitches that are at the counter...get off your goddamn facebook or card game and help people out...How could anyone defend this piece of shit joke that has everything to do with Rick Koch making money...It just has had really bad karma from the get go...and will ALWAYS have bad karma. FUCK OFF WEATHERFORD HOSPITAL
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