Haywood Regional Medical Center's CEO, president steps down | N...

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
Former Patient

Hendersonville, NC

#21 Feb 26, 2008
My forefathers built a hospital that would take care of ALL, not just the rich and famous. Mr Rice has made it just the oppicate. All he cares about is how much money he can take home in his pocket, and how many new cars he can buy every year. He is the reason for the cost of increase that has happened at HRMC. If He hasn't driven the hospital to far into the ground, maybe we as Haywood county citizens can bring it back to it's former glory. And thank you Mr Bryson for letting the public know of the wrong doing on the behalf of the management. Next on the list. Nancy Freeman and Robin Tindell; get them out before this gets worse; if that is possible. We need new blood in the President's post, one that will run the hospital in a way that will make out forefathers proud.
Another proud employee wrote:
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.
Aggravated

Arden, NC

#22 Feb 26, 2008
NOT SURPRISED wrote:
<quoted text>
"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.
People like you^^^^^^^ are the main roots to this problem. You just keep adding on and dishing out your hate comments to every single person who works at HRMC except for the only person who is really at fault here, Dr. Aloha Bryson, had she brought up these issues before she was terminated maybe they could have been corrected and we would not have this big issue to deal with today. Without Medicare and Medicaid, HRMC is losing 60% of its salary. Thats our neighbors, friends, and maybe even family members who will be out of a job. Not to mention the patients who can no longer be treated at HRMC. Imagine yourself at age 63, dying of a heart attack and having to ride all the way to asheville just to get "quality" care.
Aggravated

Arden, NC

#23 Feb 26, 2008
HRMC staff and employees have done/are doing a great job. Stick together and you shall get through this.
Aggravated

Arden, NC

#24 Feb 26, 2008
Former Patient wrote:
My forefathers built a hospital that would take care of ALL, not just the rich and famous. Mr Rice has made it just the oppicate. All he cares about is how much money he can take home in his pocket, and how many new cars he can buy every year. He is the reason for the cost of increase that has happened at HRMC. If He hasn't driven the hospital to far into the ground, maybe we as Haywood county citizens can bring it back to it's former glory. And thank you Mr Bryson for letting the public know of the wrong doing on the behalf of the management. Next on the list. Nancy Freeman and Robin Tindell; get them out before this gets worse; if that is possible. We need new blood in the President's post, one that will run the hospital in a way that will make out forefathers proud.
<quoted text>
MRS. Bryson only brought the issue up because she was terminated. She didnt care about anyone or anything while working at HRMC, had she cared about the nursing staff or patients she would have brought this issue up months ago. However, I do agree with you on one thing, the community and residents of Haywood County do need to step up and do what it takes to get this hospital back up in shape.
CARING EMPLOYEE

Asheville, NC

#25 Feb 26, 2008
COME ON HAYWOOD COUNTY LETS STICK TOGETHER !!!!!
waynesville resident

Linville, NC

#26 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.
Mr. Rice cannot clean up the mess he created, because he is too arrogant to believe that he created any mess. While no one will say this publicly, there is no doubt in my mind that the Board asked Mr. Rice for his immediate resignation, as they should have. Unfortunately, we will be paying Mr. Rice a handsome severance package, despite his mismanagement.

And we do have an excellent medical staff. Unfortunately, their voice is not heard in the Board or upper management of the hospital, as was evidenced during Rice's arrogant dismissal of the emergency room doctors last year.
Disgusted RN

Hickory, NC

#27 Feb 26, 2008
Perhaps some of the medication errors that have been found would be a result of the mandatory overtime Shirley Harris has put in place, forcing some of the best nurses at HRMC to seek jobs at other hospitals in the community. Ms. Harris, what other kind of bright ideas do you have? Perhaps you'll finally have a full 40 hr work week!!!
sick

United States

#28 Feb 26, 2008
waynesville resident wrote:
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.
You are exactly right. It is unbelievable that the board members did not know what was going on. I think the place needs to get rid of a whole lot more.
resident

United States

#29 Feb 26, 2008
If all you good employees knew what was happening why did it happen?????????
DBEAR

Plymouth, MN

#30 Feb 26, 2008
I am very disturbed with the personal attacks being posted here.
Dr. Bryson is being made a scapegoat for the current problems at HRMC. She is not the one who was not in compliance with the regulations. She is a fine doctor who truly cares about her patients and does not tolerate what she perceives as poor care. I suspect that if you check the facts, she probably tried to raise issues but was ignored.
For whatever reason, HRMC was inspected by Medicare and found to be noncompliant. That is the issue, not who blew the whistle.
Jack

United States

#31 Feb 26, 2008
[Medicare and Medicade rip off`s are commonplace among Dr~s Hospitals and Clinics. It is a serious matter that needs to be addressed completely, else the whole program will be go under. Then what will we have? Twenty dollars for a fifty cent pill. More peaople should take an interest in seeing that corrective steps are taken. Hats off to the whistle blower.
Concerned

United States

#32 Feb 26, 2008
HRMC has a GREAT Food & Nutrition Department. Health Department score 102 as of Febuary 2008.
save our hospital

AOL

#33 Feb 26, 2008
The county commissioners already had a chance to stop this but voted to keep the same people on the hospital board for another term. What were they thinking?????
resident

United States

#34 Feb 26, 2008
Aggravated wrote:
<quoted text>
MRS. Bryson only brought the issue up because she was terminated. She didnt care about anyone or anything while working at HRMC, had she cared about the nursing staff or patients she would have brought this issue up months ago. However, I do agree with you on one thing, the community and residents of Haywood County do need to step up and do what it takes to get this hospital back up in shape.
She did bring it up months ago, it just didn't get off of Mr. Rice desk.
Pondering

Lincolnton, NC

#35 Feb 26, 2008
I'm really not comfortable with Alton Byers stepping in as interim director. As you remember both he and Rice worked together at Harris a few years back. Nor would I consider it a feasible idea to have Eileen Lipham or hatchet lady Shirley Harris at that post.
save our hospital

AOL

#36 Feb 26, 2008
incidently, the so called rip offs by Drs. are either a myth or tool. The rip off is by the health supply industry, the drug manufacturers, and all the people who get profit by organized fixes like contracted emergency room doctors.
Remember When

Lincolnton, NC

#37 Feb 26, 2008
Hopefully Haywood you'll get through this quick. I remember about a year ago that Mission was in the same boat you're in. And they got out of it. Even the Duke Medical Center which was shut down for 4 days because some of their instruments had been cleaned in a petroleum based substance. As you remember a couple people did actually die because those instruments were used on them. If a hospital can be reinstated in 4 days after causing a couple deaths then hopefully the inspection guys won't pick on the little guy and you'll be right back in there soon. I sure hope so. I mean your wait time in the ER is long sometimes, but have you ever been to Mission/St.Joes? Whew!
mom

Raleigh, NC

#38 Feb 26, 2008
bet if the death rate will increase
Amused

Lincolnton, NC

#39 Feb 26, 2008
I find it amusing that the news of Haywood losing their Medicare funding was in the paper before the inspection was even concluded.
Business major

AOL

#40 Feb 26, 2008
resident wrote:
<quoted text>She did bring it up months ago, it just didn't get off of Mr. Rice desk.
yes, she did and it you are right, it never made it off the desk. She was reprimanded for her thoughts, reprimaned for her actions, and all she was wanting was safety and adequate care for the patients.

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