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David Rice stepped down Monday as president and CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center as fallout continued over the hospital's loss of Medicare and Medicaid payments. Full Story
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WE CARE

Greenville, SC

#1 Feb 25, 2008
THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD NURSES AND DOCTORS AT HRMC, LETS ALL STICK TOGETHER
I 2 CARE

Kitty Hawk, NC

#2 Feb 25, 2008
I agree. There are a lot of good people who work in EVERY department at HRMC, from top to bottom. I don't think DFS realizes exactly how they have impacted our community. We have a lot of elderly and infirm people in the county who depend on HRMC as a regional, nonprofit hospital, and now they will have to go elsewhere. Any one person who is vindictive enough to call DFS over one lost job, and jeopardize the welfare of so many, not to mention the jobs of the workers, the medical equipment suppliers, students who come to HRMC as part of their college, the linen suppliers, the utility companies, and so many more. It has not been found that one person ever suffered because of the errors made. Could they have? Yes. Did they? No. The medication which was to blame for most of the errors is no longer even in use. This is a black eye from which the hospital, the 2nd largest employer in the county behing the oft struggling paper mill, will never fully recover. There are many patients that I as a caregiver, know by their first name. There are patients in need of surgery to better or ever prolong thier lives, which they will not get in a timely manner because of this. If JUST ONE patient dies because of this, that is more harm that DFS has done than a medication that was written down before it was CORRECTLY given will ever do. You say, "well, they can go to Mission." Mission has a full surgery schedule which may mean the patient has to wait days to have their surgery. There are an ever increasing number of flu cases which are filling up the area hospitals right now. The timing couldn't be worse. And DFS, part of the Department of Health Services of North Carolina, has this mission Statement:
To provide for the health, safety and well-being of individuals through effective regulatory and remedial activities including appropriate consultation and training opportunities and by improving access to health care delivery systems through the rational allocation of needed facilities and services.

How have they provided for the health, safety, and well-being of Medicare recipients? How have they improved access to healthcare delivery systems? How is it rational?

Your tax dollars at work, folks. Your health, and our jobs, down the drain
mike

Kitty Hawk, NC

#3 Feb 26, 2008
I 2 Care. could not have said it better. DFS is harming good/honest taxpayers because a few T's didnt get crossed.
Our Government at work again, I like it better when they sit on there a$$es, less people get suffer.
common sense

Fletcher, NC

#4 Feb 26, 2008
Hospital spokespersons have said no patient was harmed as a result of the recent infractions. Aloha Bryson has made some serious accusations. She should prove what she is saying or be held accountable. Haywood Regional Medical Center is the third largest business in Haywood County. If rumors and half-truths are allowed to force the hospital to close, 900 jobs will be lost and the economy of the county will suffer greatly. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. It's time to show support for a much needed facility. Do people remember the bus loads of people who traveled by bus to Tennessee when people there were threatening to close the paper mill in Canton? The same effort should be shown to Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Bill

Canton, NC

#5 Feb 26, 2008
I'm glad folks are willing to stand behind our hospital. Yes we have problems and yes they can be fixed. It's time to stand up, hold our head high and show these people from the state that we are not going to let some crazy Doc ( I heard she was wacko) Bryson get her revenge.
FinesCreekDeb

Woonsocket, RI

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Don't blame the government when it's the fault of David Rice, his cronies and the Board. Nancy Freeman needs to step down now and so do Mr. Love, Ms. Harris and the rest of Mr. Rice's inept cronies. We all empathize with the nurses and staff but that place has been run like an insane asylum for years now.

Five of 6,700 hospitals in the country had this happen. Obviously the majority of hospitals know what to do and how to do it. As for no one dying because of the mismangement at HRMC, I bet if you looked closer, you'd find that too.

Here's hoping better days are ahead for HRMC. The county needs the hospital, but we need a GOOD hospital. Bravo for whistleblowers who want to expose corruption and ineptitude. The people of Haywood County deserve quality healthcare.
jcreek

United States

#7 Feb 26, 2008
I smell a rat! It is a well known fact major private hospital corporations are out to take over all the few remaining public hospitals. Could it be plot between the DFC and a major private corporation?
Proud Employee of HRMC

Greenville, SC

#8 Feb 26, 2008
We have been accused and convicted without a trail, the decision thought extreme by CMS should be reveresed so as not to effect the lives of all of the county.  Regarding the DR letter, she resigned, she was fired due to her violent outbursts and her cornering an employee and the threating of that employee.  She is vendictive and speaks falsehoods.  I would put all our patient care with any one; including Mission, it is time for all to stick together and fight as previously stated to save a perhaps poorly managed facility, but a good health care facility that is unjustly being tried in the court of public opinion and WLOS without all the facts given.  Pray for us, support us and if you truly care; forget the negativity and get active by contacting any public offical that may be of assistance from the White House to the Court House, because if you do not - only God knows what the out come will be.
LEW CORWIN---WAYNESV ILLE

Mauldin, SC

#9 Feb 26, 2008
Your article about the Problem at Haywood Regional Medical Center casually mentions that the Medicare inspection recently resulted from an anonymous former hospital doctor's complaint....Well.It doesn't take much investigartion to figure out who that complainant is and why he filed the complaint...All you need to do is check back on the suit filed by some "aggrieved"former members of the contractor emergency room medical staff to find the suspect.

This whole situation smells to high heaven of vicious vindictiveness on the part of a troublesome doctor who certainly has some blemishes of his own when it comes to medical competency.....Hold on to your hats,Folks. This situation is far from being finalized .Don't panic.
Former Patient

Hendersonville, NC

#10 Feb 26, 2008
Now that Mr. Rice (I refuse to call him a DR.) has Driven this hospital into the ground, from which it may not recover; What is he going to do next?

Perhaps he'll go the Disney world!!!

His leaving is the best thing to happen to Haywood in many years, now maybe the business of taking care of people that need care can go on, without worry about what new car Mr. Rice will be able to buy this year.
Aggravated

Arden, NC

#11 Feb 26, 2008
FinesCreekDeb wrote:
Don't blame the government when it's the fault of David Rice, his cronies and the Board. Nancy Freeman needs to step down now and so do Mr. Love, Ms. Harris and the rest of Mr. Rice's inept cronies. We all empathize with the nurses and staff but that place has been run like an insane asylum for years now.
Five of 6,700 hospitals in the country had this happen. Obviously the majority of hospitals know what to do and how to do it. As for no one dying because of the mismangement at HRMC, I bet if you looked closer, you'd find that too.
Here's hoping better days are ahead for HRMC. The county needs the hospital, but we need a GOOD hospital. Bravo for whistleblowers who want to expose corruption and ineptitude. The people of Haywood County deserve quality healthcare.
People like you see this as the perfect opportunity to dish out ur hate comments on doctors and directors of departments that are not even affected by this. Mr. Love has NOTHING to do with this. the only people affected by this are the patients. without medicare hundreds of patients are left without care or have to travel to Asheville to get care. What happens if the problem is severe? Are we really willing to risk the lives of many of our friends, family, and neighbors just so bryson can have her revenge?
DBEAR

Plymouth, MN

#12 Feb 26, 2008
I see a lot of emotion in the entries on this and other sites, as well there should be.

Mr. Rice has tried to keep the focus on the medication error rate and mortality. Only by digging well into the AC-T article do you see that there were citations for several other regulations, "including the governing body, quality assessment and performance improvement, nursing services, and pharmaceutical services."

Of more concern to me were the additional areas of "patients' rights, infection control, and respiratory care services." This is quite a laundry list of noncompliance and potential health risk (particularly infection control).

The pure arrogance of the HRMC administration stating that the decertification was over reacting is amazing. These regulations are in place for a reason and cannot be ignored. I have worked in health care reasearch for most of my career and can state from experience that the governing agencies do not take ignoring of the regulations lightly.

While I am glad that Mr. Rice has resigned, I am also disappointed that he has decided to cut and run. His resignation simply leaves others to clean up the mess he has created. He should be held accountable.

The main objective at this point should be to resolve the deficiencies, reorganize the administration, and get re-certified. Conducting witch hunts and personal attacks will do no good for the community. HRMC has a very competant medical staff and is a resource which Haywood County cannot afford to lose.
jimbo

Asheville, NC

#13 Feb 26, 2008
David Rice's resignation is long overdue. He is at the heart of their problems. Check his history. It is checkered at best. Look at his tenure in Hickory before coming to Haywood. He has a history of not being transparent, hand-picking his board and an ego a mile wide.
Nurse in Haywood County

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2008
Rice and the administration are the responsible party in this situation.They should be run out of town on a rail.
Another proud employee

Greenville, SC

#15 Feb 26, 2008
Thank goodness many of you are beginning to support the hospital rather than joining the bandwagon and trying to further tear us down. We are your aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, moms and dads. We love this community and work very hard every day to provide the best, most compassionate and quality healthcare that I would stack up against any other hospital in the nation. Shame on you Aloha Bryson, thank goodness your name means also "GOODBYE". If you have an axe to grind with specific situations here, address those. Why cause the wonderful people of Haywood County to watch on the news and claim to have names and dates of people who have died due to specific problems that DFS found during their survey? This just shows you dont give a .... about this community or any of the employees you used to work with. Folks in the community were already scared with all the info on TV and you just had to multiply that fear by a thousand!! If there are procedural errors, lets get to the bottom of them and do our best to fix them. Lets try to join back together as a community and stop the fear mongering and support those we love who come here for treatment and for those who continue to work here. I have worked at many hospitals, and this is by far the best and most caring and quality institution I have ever been a part of. Lets pray for one another and get through this with Gods help and assistence and lift each other up rather than tearing eachother down.
Former Patient

Hendersonville, NC

#16 Feb 26, 2008
The nurses were great during my stays at HRMC. But were held back by the Boss. Maybe now that Mr Rice is gone, and maybe with a few more dismissals; such as Nandy Freeman, Robin Tindell, amd maybe the whole foudation would cause the hospital to be able to operate like any other hospital in the area. But if worse comes to worse, MMH would be a good buyer for this slum of a hospital.

All that I can say is Good Bye to mr Rice, and hope that other hospitals know of his inept management of the hospital. Good Bye Mr Rice. Maybe you can find a job running a already bankrupt corp inti the ground, then it would not be entirely your fault. You should have done this many years ago, so says a majority of the employees of the hospital.
Former Patient

Hendersonville, NC

#17 Feb 26, 2008
No harm, how about the coultless deaths caused by the management of this hospital.. they run what will and can be done at any given time. If you life is not wouth saving, so be it Mr Rice acts as a god and makes a dicision on wheather you live or die.
common sense wrote:
Hospital spokespersons have said no patient was harmed as a result of the recent infractions. Aloha Bryson has made some serious accusations. She should prove what she is saying or be held accountable. Haywood Regional Medical Center is the third largest business in Haywood County. If rumors and half-truths are allowed to force the hospital to close, 900 jobs will be lost and the economy of the county will suffer greatly. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. It's time to show support for a much needed facility. Do people remember the bus loads of people who traveled by bus to Tennessee when people there were threatening to close the paper mill in Canton? The same effort should be shown to Haywood Regional Medical Center.
NOT SURPRISED

United States

#18 Feb 26, 2008
WE CARE wrote:
THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD NURSES AND DOCTORS AT HRMC, LETS ALL STICK TOGETHER
"Sticking Together" is the kind of circle up the wagons mentality that has always prevailed at HRMC. God only knows what all you people have really "stuck together" and hidden or glossed over. I have no sympathy for any of you "good" nurses.
waynesville resident

Linville, NC

#19 Feb 26, 2008
When Kelvin Sampson, basketball coach at Indiana University, was caught making phone calls to recruits in violation of NCAA regulations, he was forced to resign last week. The number one job of a college coach is to follow the NCAA rules.

The number one job of a hospital administrator is to keep his hospital accredited and able to collect payments from Medicare, Medicaid, and major insurance companies. When a hospital fails to do that, the top administrator should be fired. That is his number one job.

Sure, the rules are complicated. But the CEO is paid a handsome salary to make sure his facility meets the requirements. That is his number one job.

More importantly, the CEO works for the Hospital Authority Board of Commissioners. From all indications, the CEO (Mr. Rice) and board chair (Dr. Freeman) conspired to keep information secret from the full board. That is representative of the arrogance which has marked Mr. Rice's management of HRMC.

County Commissioners need to step in with their authority to appoint the members of the Hospital Board, and make immediate changes to ensure that our hospital corrects all deficiencies and remains open.
Big Al

Raleigh, NC

#20 Feb 26, 2008
DBEAR wrote:
I see a lot of emotion in the entries on this and other sites, as well there should be.
Mr. Rice has tried to keep the focus on the medication error rate and mortality. Only by digging well into the AC-T article do you see that there were citations for several other regulations, "including the governing body, quality assessment and performance improvement, nursing services, and pharmaceutical services."
Of more concern to me were the additional areas of "patients' rights, infection control, and respiratory care services." This is quite a laundry list of noncompliance and potential health risk (particularly infection control).
The pure arrogance of the HRMC administration stating that the decertification was over reacting is amazing. These regulations are in place for a reason and cannot be ignored. I have worked in health care reasearch for most of my career and can state from experience that the governing agencies do not take ignoring of the regulations lightly.
While I am glad that Mr. Rice has resigned, I am also disappointed that he has decided to cut and run. His resignation simply leaves others to clean up the mess he has created. He should be held accountable.
The main objective at this point should be to resolve the deficiencies, reorganize the administration, and get re-certified. Conducting witch hunts and personal attacks will do no good for the community. HRMC has a very competant medical staff and is a resource which Haywood County cannot afford to lose.
Good letter. Hospital oversight & review process is so numbingly ineffectual, that for a hospital to actual lose any kind of accreditation means something must have been glaringly wrong.

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