Brookhaven hospital may shutter mater...

Brookhaven hospital may shutter maternity unit

There are 85 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Brookhaven hospital may shutter maternity unit. In it, Newsday reports that:

State legislators and nurses are upset that Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, with declining births in its 14-bed maternity unit, is considering closing the unit.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Newsday.

Pandora Spock

West Babylon, NY

#77 Apr 27, 2008
Patient care is very sketchy in most long island hospitals. I spent one week at Southside Hospital on 4th floor tower ( med/surg unit) as a patient. RN's let my surgical bandages go 30 hours between dressing changes despite doctor orders specifying twice daily. Yes I called the RNs to my room to remind them and they would say they would come back later. Patient sponge baths? Are you dreaming? It just doesn't happen even if you are very ill and can't sponge bath yourself.

Southside does seem to have an active maternity ward filled with what appears to be Hispanic women. By the way all illegal alien women are eligible for Medicaid to pay for the medical care of the unborn US citizen they are carrying.

The trick is to get obstetricians to accept Medicaid reimbursement rather than charging in excess of $7500 for a delivery.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#78 Apr 27, 2008
The newborn nurses there are about as sharp as a bag of hammers. The doctors aren't too swift as well.
Chris

West Islip, NY

#81 Apr 29, 2008
The real problem is the medical malpractice crisis. Brookhaven is reducing is liability and their OB-GYN's are leaving.

If the NY State Legislature would pass some meaningful tort reform and thereby reduce med malpractice ins costs, this problem would go away.

PS: the "bad guy" in the Legislature is Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, an attorney who is on the payroll of Weitz and Luxemberg, one of the biggest med malpractice firms in the state! Assemblyman Silver has let it be known the med malpractice reform will only occour over his "dead body"!
Former_LIer2

Greenville, SC

#82 May 1, 2008
My family and I experienced the response of an ambulance crew and the related treatment. My wifes words are "I would not even take my dog there" The 2 ambulance crews that responded in Aug of 2004 were very professional. We were sent in 2 ambulances after another car drove thru a red light into the right front wheel of our car on Woodside Ave and Station Rd. After arriving at the hospital, we were evaluated- I was sent to the ER and left for almost an hour taped to a backboard and unable to move. My wife was left in a wheelchair in the triage area with my daughter. Turns out after almost 6 hrs (after xrays of my knee- which had a couple of scuffs- dye with contrast because they thought I had internal bleeding- because of superhigh blood pressure brought on by stress/adreniline from being involved in an accident) there was nothing wrong with me. BMH excuse was, well you are the driver- My wife, on the same side as the impact was x-rayed too. She was initally told there was nothing wrong. Of course at 10 AM the phone rang (6 hrs after being discharged) "we found in your wife's xrays 2 broken bones in her foot. We went and saw her podiatrist- who actually took new xrays and found 8 broken bones in her foot. He also xrayed my left fingers as a courtesy because the ER doc did not want to- turns out I had fractured the tip of my finger. If we still lived on LI and ever had the need for emergency care- BMH would not be my choice- I'd pay to go somewhere else.......
LIFORLIFE

Brooklyn, NY

#83 May 1, 2008
Here's the thing, BMH is no different from any other hospital! I am a health care worker and have been for a long time and have worked at many of the Long Island hospitals over the years. I can tell you some horrific stories of ineptitude and incompetence that have taken place at Storybook,Mather,St.Charles,So uthside,Good Sam.,St. Francis etc., etc., close the unit once and for all!!
George

Medford, NY

#84 May 2, 2008
Former_LIer2 wrote:
My family and I experienced the response of an ambulance crew and the related treatment. My wifes words are "I would not even take my dog there" The 2 ambulance crews that responded in Aug of 2004 were very professional. We were sent in 2 ambulances after another car drove thru a red light into the right front wheel of our car on Woodside Ave and Station Rd. After arriving at the hospital, we were evaluated- I was sent to the ER and left for almost an hour taped to a backboard and unable to move. My wife was left in a wheelchair in the triage area with my daughter. Turns out after almost 6 hrs (after xrays of my knee- which had a couple of scuffs- dye with contrast because they thought I had internal bleeding- because of superhigh blood pressure brought on by stress/adreniline from being involved in an accident) there was nothing wrong with me. BMH excuse was, well you are the driver- My wife, on the same side as the impact was x-rayed too. She was initally told there was nothing wrong. Of course at 10 AM the phone rang (6 hrs after being discharged) "we found in your wife's xrays 2 broken bones in her foot. We went and saw her podiatrist- who actually took new xrays and found 8 broken bones in her foot. He also xrayed my left fingers as a courtesy because the ER doc did not want to- turns out I had fractured the tip of my finger. If we still lived on LI and ever had the need for emergency care- BMH would not be my choice- I'd pay to go somewhere else.......
You think your story is indicative of ONLY Brookhaven Hospital? Right, wrong, or indifferent.....this stuff happens at EVERY hospital. If you want better service, tell medicare, medicaid, and other payers to up thier reimbursement rates, THEY dictate how long a patient should stay in a facility, and that is a sad state of affairs.
Sandy

Venice, FL

#85 May 6, 2008
get rid of this story already!! It's played out, just like the hospital!!
Bryan

Medford, NY

#86 May 6, 2008
Sandy wrote:
get rid of this story already!! It's played out, just like the hospital!!
Thanks for rekindling this story.
here we go again

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#87 May 8, 2008
Joan nyadoptees group wrote:
Hi, does anyone know what happens to the medical records of those others that were born there.????
thanks,
Joan of nyadoptees
helping adoptees and birthparents to be reunited.
birth records would be suffolk county health dept.
jeff

Sag Harbor, NY

#88 May 6, 2009
Chris wrote:
The real problem is the medical malpractice crisis. Brookhaven is reducing is liability and their OB-GYN's are leaving.
If the NY State Legislature would pass some meaningful tort reform and thereby reduce med malpractice ins costs, this problem would go away.
PS: the "bad guy" in the Legislature is Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, an attorney who is on the payroll of Weitz and Luxemberg, one of the biggest med malpractice firms in the state! Assemblyman Silver has let it be known the med malpractice reform will only occour over his "dead body"!
In case you did not know, medical malpractice insurance in Suffolk county runs $ 178,000 per year for ob-gyn doctors, and that's for a doctor with no bad baby cases ever!
jeff

Sag Harbor, NY

#89 May 6, 2009
Medical malpractice for a suffolk county ob-gyn with no prior bad baby cases is now $ 178,000 per year. If they took medicaid cases, they would be out of business.
Anon

Holbrook, NY

#90 May 11, 2010
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Anon

Holbrook, NY

#91 May 11, 2010
Brookhaven has turned into a medical facility joke.
The emergency room nursing staff treat you like absolute C%&p. Everyone in the ER from nursing to aides to Drs. have attitudes like you have burdened them.
If it so happens that I get ran over by a MAC truck in their parking lot and have only 20 minutes to live with stonybrook being 21 minutes away......Please take your chances on driving me there instead.
liberals

Queens Village, NY

#92 May 12, 2010
I would assume it is paying patients (out-of-pocket or with insurance) thare are not filling the maternity ward. I would hazard to guess there are plenty of illegals abusing the system and not paying. Of course those costs get passed onto legal citizens who do have insurance...of course that was never mentioned in why health insurance premiums keep going up. Is it the only reason? No...but it is PART of the reason.

Of course, if you mentioned that illegals are causing health insurance premiums to rise the following would occur:

1) you'd be called racist
2) Obama and company couldn't attempt to ram comprehensive immigration reform through (ie-amnest)
3) see item #1
4) you'd be told they are only doing the work Americans won't do (and fail to leave out they won't to it for slave wages but they would do it for a realistic wage)
5) see item #1

Change we can believe in.
Anon

Holbrook, NY

#93 Jun 20, 2010
How is the CEO Thomas ockers not in jail already?
There was an article a while back that stated some generous individual gave a 250,000.00 donation for upgrades to the Maternal child care unit and Ockers spent the money on adding a roof addition onto the sewage treatment plant they have at that facility instaed of upgrading the MCC unit.
I'm sure in my opinion he took his share of kick backs from the contractors.
Incrediblemisfit s

Holbrook, NY

#95 Aug 3, 2010
How much longer can this place stand??? OMG they are now renting, YES RENTING exterior boilers because the old ones are no longer operational.
They use to have 3 now they have NONE!!!!
OK So here goes...
1) No Maternity ward.
2) No labor and Delivery ward
3) No Pediatric ward, well they actualy do have what THEY call a peds ward which consists of about 8 unused primative beds.
4) No 2 east ward...CLOSED
5) No 2 West ward....CLOSED
6) No fricken cafeteria on WEEKENDS at all and after 6PM during the week.
7) AND NOW NO working boiler units???
STICK A FORK IN IT GET RID OF THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATIVE WING including Rafelle, heavers,ockers,Barbino, Margolis, Giruallo,
Youre Kidding me right

Holbrook, NY

#96 Aug 15, 2010
How can the administration of this Hospital get away with just thumbing their noses at a SIGNED UNION CONTRACT!!!! They have NOT honored their agreement.
Rumor has it they are threatening more layoffs if the union doesn't conceed to their demands. Well more layoffs would have to mean more of a workload placed on the existing medical staff.Hmmmm wouldn't/couldn't this possibly lead to patient care suffering in the process? Hmmmmmm possibility of mistakes being made from a tired and overworked staff? Hmmmmm Possible life jeapordizing situations??? Well the way I see it...I will gladly inform patient families that the hospital is placing their love ones in jeapordy if it comes right down to it.
And the attorneys will surely be circling.
No money to fullfill the raises but I heard they just started shooting a new commercial down a ward that has been closed for months. Spread the word people....Someone needs to audit this facility and I am surely going to find out who to report them too.
Agreed

Bronx, NY

#97 Aug 24, 2010
Well...just remember; they are not stupid. I'll bet they keep two sets of books--the real ones, and the ones they show people. An audit may not show anything, unless one knows what to look for.
UNBELIEVEABLE

Holbrook, NY

#98 Sep 3, 2010
IMO Brookhaven Hospital Nursing staff would NEVER have the balls to strike. Admin knows it and the nursing staff knows it. Most IMO are the bottom of the barrel and know full well that there chances of rehire elsewhere are slim to none.
As far as the commercial is concerned yes they did have a film shoot down a ward that has been closed and abandoned for months. One of the reasons for the new film shoot IMO is due to the fact that several participants in the current commercial being aired are no longer even employees of the facility.
Wonder what Tommy boy will promise in this commercial? "I promise to cut staff to a minimum & give no raises.
Steve Barb Jr

Bay Shore, NY

#99 Sep 4, 2010
Youre Kidding me right wrote:
How can the administration of this Hospital get away with just thumbing their noses at a SIGNED UNION CONTRACT!!!! They have NOT honored their agreement.
Rumor has it they are threatening more layoffs if the union doesn't conceed to their demands. Well more layoffs would have to mean more of a workload placed on the existing medical staff.Hmmmm wouldn't/couldn't this possibly lead to patient care suffering in the process? Hmmmmmm possibility of mistakes being made from a tired and overworked staff? Hmmmmm Possible life jeapordizing situations??? Well the way I see it...I will gladly inform patient families that the hospital is placing their love ones in jeapordy if it comes right down to it.
And the attorneys will surely be circling.
No money to fullfill the raises but I heard they just started shooting a new commercial down a ward that has been closed for months. Spread the word people....Someone needs to audit this facility and I am surely going to find out who to report them too.
FU you stupid union schkuummbag...we know you you are....keep posting!

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