Monday, June 25, 2007

Deltans Speak Up About "Delta"

The letters keep rolling in about DRMC. All of the letters below were recently received. Since they all pertain to DRMC, I thought that I would post them as a group. All were submitted anonymously, so I don't know if they are from one author or five. I do know that they all seem to share a general "lack of confidence" in the leaders of our community and the quality of our medical center.

Anonymous said...
The current DRMC project was advertised and bid. HUD is financing the project and required that all bidders have hospital renovation experience. They received several bids and the Greenwood company was the successful low bidder. I do think any local company bid the general contract, but we are aware of several local contractors that were awarded subcontracts.

Anonymous said...
Yes, Ray was most certainly fired along with all other Officers at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg for gross mis-management of the facility after it was purchased by a for-profit corporation. He was given 6-12 months to make an improvement but could not because of the poor state of affairs. He was fired and without a job. The last resort was DRMC and now he has that facility in the same state of affairs.

Anonymous said...
Speaking of an Empty ER....the old one is being renovated,with no clear indication of where one should go in case of an emergency. For myself, spouse and I have an agreement that if one of us is suddenly taken ill, we'd prefer to be driven to Jackson or Memphis in case of an emergency, rather than face near-certain death in DRMC.

Anonymous said...
Competition is good for the soul. But, when it comes to drmc no one seems to care about quality health care and the cost associated with it. How much property does the county rent for all the services scattered all over town. How much of the hospital is not being used and how about KDH property that is not being used. Why can't the services be located in county owned property and the money being spent on rental property be used to reduce cost. WHO IS MANAGING THE FUNDS. This a waste of our tax dollars.

Anonymous said...
Hey Greenville, wake up! And get the hell out of there before you get sick and need a Doctor. This is just one more factor in the demise of Greenville due to incompetent leadership. The leaders don’t care, haven’t you guys figured that out yet? (maybe a couple do, but they are in the minority, and that would be the white minority) All the others are stuffing their pockets and patting their followers on the head saying, “Ain’t Ya’ll glad we be in charge now?” “Ain’t life grand for you Brothers and sisters now?” Get out, get out while you can…..

I can't add much to this!


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Anonymous said...

Delta Medical is in a real mess. A large percentage of the nursing staff are travel nurses - very costly to the hospital with wages that exceed the home grown nursing staff - leading to resentment and an exodus of many local nurses. This is compounded by the fact that the travel nurses largely send their paychecks back to their home markets - so much for a turn over of their salaries to benefit the local city of Greenville.

Greenville continues to lose doctors: three pediatricians on the call rotation, two orthopedic doctors cover 20 out of 30 days per month, five doctors on the medical call rotation - historically there were twelve to fifteen on the medical call roster. This is creating a real strain on physician manpower. Don't be surprised if more doctors call it quits.

Delta Medical has continued to bill itself as a level II trauma center - go look up the requirements for trauma centers on the Mississippi Trauma System web site. To be a level III trauma center requires CONTINUOUS orthopedic coverage. Delta Medical center has not had continuous orthopedic call since Dr. Bill Ogden left. For almost a year and a half - one orthopedic surgeon provided 10 out of 30 days of call coverage - poor guy. Now we have two orthopedic surgeons who provide 20 out of 30 days of call coverage - still not the continuous call coverage required for level III. That makes DRMC technically a level IV (FOUR) trauma center. I bet you the hosptial is still getting paid at the level II (TWO) level. That sounds like fraud to me. To get paid as a level II and be only a level IV - great deal if you can get away with it. I feel sorry for the poor local families who showed up at DRMC with a fracture needing orthopedic care and had to be sent to Jackson or Memphis. Of course, now we don't even have a neurosurgeon. But DRMC keeps collecting that level II trauma pay though.