Dalton's Hamilton Medical Center announces layoffs

Hamilton Health Care System in Dalton, Ga., is eliminating about 140 positions as part of an effort to cut $12 million from its budget, officials said Tuesday.

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#1 Oct 27, 2010
I'm sure..... Look at Murray leaving the same people in control for years. Did it ever occur to get rid of some people in upper management?

Since: Aug 09

United States

#2 Oct 27, 2010
MrChapl wrote:
I'm sure..... Look at Murray leaving the same people in control for years. Did it ever occur to get rid of some people in upper management?
I wonder what the COO is thinking of that new CEO they voted in last year now?

The healthcare monopoly for this area, Alliant, sure is trying hard to stay in power aren't they? Now they've taken to firing nurses and administrators instead of accepting new insurances. Nice call, the already poor service (caused by overtaxed workers) is just going to get worse.

I've already heard, with the layoffs that some departments will only have 1 nurse on the floor for some of the 12 hour shifts. Let's just wait for that lawsuit.
whatever

Ringgold, GA

#3 Oct 27, 2010
Dear smart guy,
Whoever told you there is only one nurse on the floor is wrong. We have a 1:4 to a 1:5 ratio. Some of the upper manangement that was let go made over $500,000 a year...That is rediculious! I feel it was a much needed reshuffle of management.

Since: Aug 09

United States

#4 Oct 27, 2010
whatever wrote:
Dear smart guy,
Whoever told you there is only one nurse on the floor is wrong. We have a 1:4 to a 1:5 ratio. Some of the upper manangement that was let go made over $500,000 a year...That is rediculious! I feel it was a much needed reshuffle of management.
An RN at the hospital told me that. Take it up with your co-workers.
nurse

Ringgold, GA

#5 Oct 27, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
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An RN at the hospital told me that. Take it up with your co-workers.
I have also seen only one nurse on oncology many times !!!
hmmm

Chatsworth, GA

#6 Oct 27, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
I wonder what the COO is thinking of that new CEO they voted in last year now?
The healthcare monopoly for this area, Alliant, sure is trying hard to stay in power aren't they? Now they've taken to firing nurses and administrators instead of accepting new insurances. Nice call, the already poor service (caused by overtaxed workers) is just going to get worse.
I've already heard, with the layoffs that some departments will only have 1 nurse on the floor for some of the 12 hour shifts. Let's just wait for that lawsuit.
Does anyone remenber that Jeff Myers the CEO of Hamilton used to be the CEO of Alliant. Now it seems to me that would be a conflict of interest in almost any other job. You think he's not swayed in his decisions by his past job, his investments, the investments of his bosses, Doctors. ect. Yeah,I bet he's really trying hard to accept other insurance providers at HMC. Not accepting ALL insurance is like standing at the door and telling your customers no thanks, we don't need your business. The only people this helps is the Investors of Alliant. Like the comment about Murray Med, Cntr. Something like 3/4 of the county is going out of county for health care. Well Duh, as much as I would like to use my hometown hospital. I'm not going to spend out of pocket to do so. The other thing that bothers me is the fact that a outside person "consultant", a mear book author,was hired to advise Hamilton on how to run a Hospital. If this is the case then what in the Hell is Jeff Myers job?, He's the CEO. He's the one that created all of these unnecessary positions that are now being elimated. If he can't run this place then get rid of him. The Late Norman Burkett would be ashamed of what is happening at HMC.Mr. Burkett was a hands on leader, Made contact with patients, employees, every day. Actually got out and walked around the hospital and saw personally what was happening. My wife is an employee there and Has in the last 2 years NEVER seen the CEO on the floors, as a matter of fact she has NEVER even seen Mr. Myers. Hamilton has grown, But not in the correct way, instead they have been driven by GREED. Greed to control everything Medical, and the last Installment (The Insurance Business)may very well be their downfall.
AgreeAgree

Maryville, TN

#7 Oct 27, 2010
MrChapl wrote:
I'm sure..... Look at Murray leaving the same people in control for years. Did it ever occur to get rid of some people in upper management?
Both hospitals failing is a result of failed management however, there is no doubt it’s in part to a creedy fat cat FOR sure but, I would bet you that Murray has had the same E.R.(nurse ) in charge for years. Do you think rolling any heads and getting fresh people in their crossed anybody’s minds… well of course not just leave it like it is same pisssss poor management. I'm sure the poor people of Murray County that have been treated like crap are ready for anything!
AgreeAgree

Maryville, TN

#8 Oct 27, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
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I wonder what the COO is thinking of that new CEO they voted in last year now?
The healthcare monopoly for this area, Alliant, sure is trying hard to stay in power aren't they? Now they've taken to firing nurses and administrators instead of accepting new insurances. Nice call, the already poor service (caused by overtaxed workers) is just going to get worse.
I've already heard, with the layoffs that some departments will only have 1 nurse on the floor for some of the 12 hour shifts. Let's just wait for that lawsuit.
Did being taxed cause people to have a poor attitude? They should have put a camera in the person face who was signing patients in and made sure they were nice to them. I guess being nice to a sick person was not in the Protocol ?????

Since: Aug 09

United States

#9 Oct 27, 2010
AgreeAgree wrote:
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Did being taxed cause people to have a poor attitude? They should have put a camera in the person face who was signing patients in and made sure they were nice to them. I guess being nice to a sick person was not in the Protocol ?????
After 12 hours on the job with no relief and no extra floor coverage, anyone's attitude would deteriorate.
AgreeAgree

Maryville, TN

#10 Oct 27, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
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After 12 hours on the job with no relief and no extra floor coverage, anyone's attitude would deteriorate.
Then find another job,you don't own the damn hospital and sick people aren't paying hard earned money because, Mrs.Hotazz doesn't feel like 27.00 and hour is not Sufficient? I'm guessing your a dead beat tax paid worker. Thats is pissed off the supply room is off limits.....

Heads should have rolled but, I guess too many folks had too much dirt on one another? Thats is the root of piss poor most of the time?
Dude

Dalton, GA

#11 Oct 27, 2010
I don't care if they under. They need some competition and would help straighten things out and bring down costs for the average citizen.
Agree Agree

Maryville, TN

#12 Oct 27, 2010
Dude wrote:
I don't care if they under. They need some competition and would help straighten things out and bring down costs for the average citizen.
Numb DUMB
mrnoname

Dalton, GA

#13 Oct 27, 2010
hmmm wrote:
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Does anyone remenber that Jeff Myers the CEO of Hamilton used to be the CEO of Alliant. Now it seems to me that would be a conflict of interest in almost any other job. You think he's not swayed in his decisions by his past job, his investments, the investments of his bosses, Doctors. ect. Yeah,I bet he's really trying hard to accept other insurance providers at HMC. Not accepting ALL insurance is like standing at the door and telling your customers no thanks, we don't need your business. The only people this helps is the Investors of Alliant. Like the comment about Murray Med, Cntr. Something like 3/4 of the county is going out of county for health care. Well Duh, as much as I would like to use my hometown hospital. I'm not going to spend out of pocket to do so. The other thing that bothers me is the fact that a outside person "consultant", a mear book author,was hired to advise Hamilton on how to run a Hospital. If this is the case then what in the Hell is Jeff Myers job?, He's the CEO. He's the one that created all of these unnecessary positions that are now being elimated. If he can't run this place then get rid of him. The Late Norman Burkett would be ashamed of what is happening at HMC.Mr. Burkett was a hands on leader, Made contact with patients, employees, every day. Actually got out and walked around the hospital and saw personally what was happening. My wife is an employee there and Has in the last 2 years NEVER seen the CEO on the floors, as a matter of fact she has NEVER even seen Mr. Myers. Hamilton has grown, But not in the correct way, instead they have been driven by GREED. Greed to control everything Medical, and the last Installment (The Insurance Business)may very well be their downfall.
I didn't have the opportunity to work at the hospital while Mr. Burkett was CEO but I started shortly afterwards and I had an opportunity to meet him several times and he was an Amazing Man. He was exactly was you said, He was still involved with the hospital after he left and he really cared about the employees and the patients. You never see Jeff Myers in the halls or anywhere around the hospital. Whenever I do see him, He never smiles or speaks or anything. I don't understand how they are determining who goes and who stays. I guarantee you that there are going to be alot of slackers that are going to be spared their jobs and some very valuable committed people that are going to be gone when it is finished. They have already gotten rid of some Very Valuable people. Michele Pirkle was "Awesome!" She was very committed to the hospital and the patients and employees. She had an Open Door Policy and would listen to everyones concerns and try to do her Best to improve patient care at the hospital.
True

Dalton, GA

#14 Oct 27, 2010
Why can"t the people, that have Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance, sue the doctors and the hospitals for not taking the same insurance they take if you work for the government ? Is this not
discrimination .I have Blue Cross Blue Shield
and I pay over $1,000.00 a month .We should have the same rights as the people that works for the government. After all ! The government works for us .
nurse

Ringgold, GA

#15 Oct 27, 2010
mrnoname wrote:
<quoted text>I didn't have the opportunity to work at the hospital while Mr. Burkett was CEO but I started shortly afterwards and I had an opportunity to meet him several times and he was an Amazing Man. He was exactly was you said, He was still involved with the hospital after he left and he really cared about the employees and the patients. You never see Jeff Myers in the halls or anywhere around the hospital. Whenever I do see him, He never smiles or speaks or anything. I don't understand how they are determining who goes and who stays. I guarantee you that there are going to be alot of slackers that are going to be spared their jobs and some very valuable committed people that are going to be gone when it is finished. They have already gotten rid of some Very Valuable people. Michele Pirkle was "Awesome!" She was very committed to the hospital and the patients and employees. She had an Open Door Policy and would listen to everyones concerns and try to do her Best to improve patient care at the hospital.
I couldn't agree more about Michelle Pirkle. She is one of the most honest and sincere people I have ever met. When I went through orientation, she was the only one that made me want to be employed there. She is all about the patients and always finding a way to address everyone's concerns. They let a great person go and she will be missed by many.
ga babe

Maryville, TN

#16 Oct 27, 2010
We all are paying for there mistakes.no raise no extras we can't even have a good picnic.we won't have no managers to serve us.policy you get recognized for 5 years 10years 15 years 20years.not anymore.you just exist be happy.

Since: Aug 09

Dalton, GA

#17 Oct 27, 2010
AgreeAgree wrote:
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Then find another job,you don't own the damn hospital and sick people aren't paying hard earned money because, Mrs.Hotazz doesn't feel like 27.00 and hour is not Sufficient? I'm guessing your a dead beat tax paid worker. Thats is pissed off the supply room is off limits.....
Heads should have rolled but, I guess too many folks had too much dirt on one another? Thats is the root of piss poor most of the time?
I'm not sure what point you're trying to get across as much of your post is full of ignorant accusations. I don't work at the hospital, and I have no desire to do so. When you go to the hospital, don't you want your nurses at the best of their ability? Are you at the top of your game 11 hours into the job with no break? I don't even go to Hamilton medical for any type of health related issue as Blue Cross is considered Out of Network, and I can't afford to go there.

So can you be an adult and explain rationally what you're trying to say?

I think most of your problem seems to be from misinterpreting my first post.$500k/yr administrators should be fired, as a lot of them were.$40k/yr nurses who actually save lives on a daily basis, should not be fired as they, unfortunately were.
brer rabbit

Barnesville, OH

#18 Oct 27, 2010
TheSmartGuy wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not sure what point you're trying to get across as much of your post is full of ignorant accusations. I don't work at the hospital, and I have no desire to do so. When you go to the hospital, don't you want your nurses at the best of their ability? Are you at the top of your game 11 hours into the job with no break? I don't even go to Hamilton medical for any type of health related issue as Blue Cross is considered Out of Network, and I can't afford to go there.
So can you be an adult and explain rationally what you're trying to say?
I think most of your problem seems to be from misinterpreting my first post.$500k/yr administrators should be fired, as a lot of them were.$40k/yr nurses who actually save lives on a daily basis, should not be fired as they, unfortunately were.
This thread is confusing. Are the alleged "500k administrators" carpet mill employees or hospital employees?
Good Ben

Maryville, TN

#19 Oct 27, 2010
mrnoname wrote:
<quoted text>I didn't have the opportunity to work at the hospital while Mr. Burkett was CEO but I started shortly afterwards and I had an opportunity to meet him several times and he was an Amazing Man. He was exactly was you said, He was still involved with the hospital after he left and he really cared about the employees and the patients. You never see Jeff Myers in the halls or anywhere around the hospital. Whenever I do see him, He never smiles or speaks or anything. I don't understand how they are determining who goes and who stays. I guarantee you that there are going to be alot of slackers that are going to be spared their jobs and some very valuable committed people that are going to be gone when it is finished. They have already gotten rid of some Very Valuable people. Michele Pirkle was "Awesome!" She was very committed to the hospital and the patients and employees. She had an Open Door Policy and would listen to everyones concerns and try to do her Best to improve patient care at the hospital.
The one Ben picked up few years ago while he was working? You scratch ... I scratch policy
Whoopie

Dalton, GA

#20 Oct 27, 2010
mrnoname wrote:
<quoted text>I didn't have the opportunity to work at the hospital while Mr. Burkett was CEO but I started shortly afterwards and I had an opportunity to meet him several times and he was an Amazing Man. He was exactly was you said, He was still involved with the hospital after he left and he really cared about the employees and the patients. You never see Jeff Myers in the halls or anywhere around the hospital. Whenever I do see him, He never smiles or speaks or anything. I don't understand how they are determining who goes and who stays. I guarantee you that there are going to be alot of slackers that are going to be spared their jobs and some very valuable committed people that are going to be gone when it is finished. They have already gotten rid of some Very Valuable people. Michele Pirkle was "Awesome!" She was very committed to the hospital and the patients and employees. She had an Open Door Policy and would listen to everyones concerns and try to do her Best to improve patient care at the hospital.
I agree! Michelle is an amazing person. She spoke at our pinning ceremony at DSC - she is the person I want to be when I grow up. If HMC is getting rid of people like her...who wants to stay? Jeff Meyers is an idiot! Talk about being blind and dumb!

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