OUR LITTLE HOSPITAL IN THE ROLLINGBUCOLIC HILLS OF LONG ISLAND'S NORTH SHORE!
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Mar 28, 2018
I worked at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (More than a year)
Pay and benefits are the best but it comes at a price
Safety is not a concern. If you try and make positive changes you will have people make things up about you and will be forced out.
Advice to Management
Please take safety concerns seriously and don’t listen to complaints when they are brought up immediately after a staff member makes recommendations for changes that will hold others accountable for doing their jobs.
"Richie" Rich Kittson is back in, and running VI again. How long will he last this time? Is this just a ploy to appease his largeness before they lower the boom? Word is that he is crying the blues. He just doesn’t know why they’re being so mean to him; he didn’t do anything wrong. Maybe the VVA will save his butt!
Chris "Toddles" Goodman is out.
recent email: “Goodman received a proposed termination and was immediately transferred to the mail room. That’s their favorite place to send employees to die on the vine while waiting to get fired. Toddles plans to fight this action, but we don’t hold out much promise for his reinstatement. “Toddles” Goodman apparently had a pen-pal at the Albany VA. Our management read a bunch of “Toddles” emails about the toxic and chaotic environment at Northport. There is a rumor that he also used his work computer to zip off a few emails to the local Press.
Bad boy, “Toddles”, bad boy!
Christopher “Toddles” Goodman, the former public affairs officer (PAO) who is also a veteran is now fighting a proposed termination. Yes, after over a year of serving up the poison Northport VA kool aide to the media and the public at large in his capacity as the PAO, Toddles is to be fired by those who required him to lie to the public. What was his crime? He voiced his opinion about the workplace culture at Northport in a VA messaging forum, calling the atmosphere “chaotic” and he made further reference to the “toxic work environment.” Of course all email communication is monitored by Steve the Snake, who removed Toddles from his position, reassigned Toddles to the mail room and proposed terminating Toddles for voicing his opinion. Congratulations Snake, evidently once again you’ve re-written the Constitution, forget about the right to free speech, freedom of association, and privacy. We doubt Toddles’ termination will be sustained in court, and once again the “Steve the Snake” will no doubt involve Northport in another costly litigation which VA will lose. The “Snake” has made legal decisions which have lost the government millions in settlements to VA employees he has unjustly terminated or attempted to remove from their positions. This money would have been better spent on CARE OF VETERANS. Time for the Snake to be terminated!
Veterans Affairs has a huge sexual harassment problem. Northport is at the top of the list - in the last 1 1/2 years, $8 million for our hospital; pending and settled combined.
VA takes them and uses them for what’s left of their maintenance crews; mostly painting, spackling, and floor tile replacement.
PRRP/PTSD, Bldg. #65 is being totally ignored.
- heat since Sunday 3/31: 1) no heat, 2) heat at day - no heat at night by
Tues. 4/3 there was excessive heat,.- no cleaning
- erratic garbage removal
- erratic laundry removal
- Staff reduction to cover other departments, Staff quitting or retiring.
some time before it gets repaired. This puts the “Americans with
Disabilities Act” into play.
- The “Blowhole” in rm. #127 was looked at on Tuesday 4/3 by Louie “The Lip” and Mike “And The Mechanics” Marino. Of course, once again, no one thought to bring a key for the new door lock (ordered by...you know who!...Scotty “Lock The Door”. All the appropriate forms got filled out anyway and the “inspection team” rode off into the sunset like good little minions.
PRRP (the PTSD RESIDENTIAL treatment program) is - HELLO! - an Inpatient 90-day treatment facility on the first floor. The second floor of the building houses no less than five other department offices. This building serves many Veterans and employees with disabilities that necessitate the use of the elevator to reach their appointments and/or jobs. For the foreseeable future, they will just be “shit out of luck”!
OIF/OEF Vets are really pissed at Scotty "Lock The Door" Guermonprez. Scotty has made a tactical withdrawal to regroup for another offensive on the OIF/OEF area in Bldg. #200. We hear he is making Steve “The Snake” create phony eviction notices to intimidate the Staff and Veterans into leaving. One minor structural problem exists. The construction of Bldg. #200 will not support the weight of all the bullet-proof glass Scotty uses for his office safety.
THE SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT is still trying to do what they do best by holding open programs for Veterans. These programs include forums on Military Sexual Abuse, Wellness, and Mindfulness seminars. They are constantly frustrated by the lack of turnout for these events. Problem is that the management won’t let them properly advertise throughout the hospital. This problem is not a recent phenomenon; it has been this way for decades. It never ceases to amaze us when we see how management spins all this into a positive report for Regional (VISN2) and Washington (VA Hq.).
A lot has been said and printed about this since the firing of David Shulkin. What is not being said is that major health corporations and hospital systems have had their eyes on the VA Patient list for some time. Post 9/11, VA admitted that it was caught off guard by the influx of Veterans from OIF/OEF. Obviously, nobody deemed it necessary to do some simple math and come up with a reasonable figure for the influx of Veterans subscribing to VA services. VA is one of two Agencies tasked with being on top of this situation; the other being DoD. When the private sector heard VA state their shortfall, they started drooling with envy. So, the idea of privatization is about fourteen or fifteen years old. It will probably happen in one form or another in the next three to five years.
RECENT TEXT MESSAGE:
“Dumb-Dumb” Dougie Murdock, former administrative aide to “Chatty" Cathy Cruise is telling everyone who will listen that he is “free at last” of his duplicitous “bi-o-tch” of a supervisor. He is delighted to be out of the Chief of Staff’s office at Northport. He continues to be paid a six figure salary to perform a make work job given to him to get him out of the top management suites. Apparently he was notified that he had been removed from his position for unknown reasons 2 weeks ago by means of a document left on his desk. So much for transparency in government, no explanations or discussion were necessary. Which crony of "Chatty" Cathy’s will replace him? His replacement is already being recruited. Strange isn’t it how top management at Northport always lines up replacements for administrators who leave or are axed, IMMEDIATELY, but if a Doc or Nurse leaves it takes MONTHS or even a year before they are replace. How does this serve the veteran ? What a minute, who said top management is actually interested in SERVING THE VETERAN? They are NOT!......................................................................................................................
What We’re Watching:
1) This may be the beginning of the end for Tricare! link = https://www.stripes.com/news/triwest-ceo-warns-of-looming-financial-catastrophe-if-va-choice-runs-out-of-money-1.520288
2) They really do think we are all idiots! link = https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/06/va-claps-back-shulkins-warning-privatization-threat.html?ESRC=eb_180406.nl
4) Still waiting for that Specialty Clinic appointment???
6) The answer...
7) WHO'S WRITING THIS STUFF, ANYWAY
9) we're still watching you!
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