EE’s Pig of the Week – 9/25/06 – MSHA

The first Elihu’s Pig of the Week Award winner is…. (drum roll please)…. Mountain States Health Alliance.  The administration has proven themselves to be real pigs (people indiscriminately greedy and selfish). 

First off, they were able to block a certificate of need from being awarded to Wellmont, thus blocking competition.  My first question is, ‘why is there even a need for a CON?’  Why should the government get to decide if there is a need?  Should that not be consumer and producer driven?  Why would Wellmont spend money to open a new hospital in the Johnson City area if there was not a demand?

Now, Mountain States Health Alliance has decided that there is a need for a new hospital in Johnson City, but only if it is MSHA owned.  Granted, it is supposed to replace MSHA owned facilities.  I urge everyone, for the sake of competition, to take action.  Let’s demand that the CON to be turned down.  Maybe we should add that it be turned down, unless Wellmont’s CON is approved. 

Also, it is my understanding that MSHA is now outsourcing its environmental services to a company based out of a new state.  Most of the employees are apprehensive as to what will happen.  Many are now looking for new jobs.  Environmental Services management is possibly also facing a loss of employment.  Information is still coming out, and much of this is speculative.  MSHA employees are already underpaid and overworked.  Is it possible that it is a scheme to outsource other jobs?

MSHA, CONGRATULATIONS!!!  You earned the first ever Elihu’s Pig Award!

~ EE

 Also, if you want to support MSHA and their Pig-like move you can do a support letter to the person listed below.  Or, if you are like me, you can write a non-support letter to the person below.
North Side/Specialty Replacement Hospital
Mountain States Health Alliance
Letters of Support Request

Please address Letters of Support to:
Ms. Melanie Hill
Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37243

Project:
This project is the result of careful planning by MSHA to allocate its resources to meet the existing and future needs of the community, and includes the following steps:

(1) Relocation of the 13 Franklin Transitional Care Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) beds from Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) to Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital (QRH). MSHA will de-license 13 rehab beds for a final bed complement at QRH of 47 rehab beds and 13 SNF beds.
(2) Construction of a new hospital with 80 licensed acute care beds, an emergency department, surgical care and miscellaneous support services as a replacement facility for NSH and JCSH.
(3) Transfer of remaining 64 acute care beds from NSH/JCSH to JCMC.

Reasons supporting the need for this project include the following:

• More than 30 years old, NSH was built in modular fashion with several areas of NSH that do not have sprinkler systems. The dollars needed to develop NSH into a hospital of the future is simply too cost prohibitive.
• Both NSH and JCSH have mostly semi-private rooms which are not conducive to patient privacy, HIPPA regulations, and infection control. Private rooms achieve higher patient satisfaction and facilitate family involvement in care of the patient.
• With the new facility located in Med Tech Park, it is convenient to the medical community, where multiple physician practices are relocating.
• Reallocation of beds in Washington County will relieve the congestion at the crowded JCMC campus while reducing the need for additional construction at JCMC.
• By consolidating the 2 facilities it will enable the complementary services at the sites to more efficiently operate. The ER at NSH and the operating rooms from JCSH will be combined to develop a hospital capable of providing a full array of services while reducing the need for duplication of such services as two labs, pharmacies, dietary departments as well as other support services.
• A new facility will complement JCMC in providing adequate facilities to deliver healthcare services to meet the needs of the community over the next couple of decades.

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