THE LITTLE HOSPITAL ON THE HILL
I become confused when I hear the word “Service” used with these Agencies:
· Internal Revenue “Service”
· US Postal “Service”
· Civil “Service”
· Federal, State, City & public “Service”
· Military “service”
· Veterans “Service”
· US Park “service”
This is not what I thought “Service” meant.
But, today, I heard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had bought a bull to “service” his cows.
It all came into focus.
Now I understand what all those Agencies are doing to us.
You are now as enlightened as I am.
AS LOCAL AS LOCAL NEWS BE!
· Patty “The Whisperer” Burke just announced her retirement...again! I guess the Nursey thing wasn’t really her cup O’tea.
· Carl Cannata, MD, Urologist:
He served Veterans at the VA for over 40 years. He asked for 2 weeks’ vacation and was denied. The reason given
was...you guessed it...understaffing. Dr. Connata threatened to retire if his
vacation request wasn’t granted; he had a large family vacation planned.
The answer was still, “NO!” He basically said “f@#! you” & put in his
retirement papers; effective immediately. This leaves VA with no more full-time Urologists; only part-timers from Stony Brook. And, what a surprise! The $1.2 million Davinci Robot for Urological surgery still sits idle in the
original shipping crate. Thank you, Joan “Of Arc” McInerney - VISN 2.
· Doug “Dumb-Dumb” Murdock has been “removed” from his job as Administrative Aide to the hospital’s Chief O’Staff, “Chatty” Cathy. “Dumb-Dumb” has been demoted, so Charlene “The Charlatan” and Richie “Big Dick” Thomesen, “Dumb-Dumb’s” BFFs, won’t have the inside scoop on the antics in the director’s office anymore. Guess Scotty “Lock The Door” got sick of Dumb-Dumb” Doug’s modus operandi of playing the Chief O’Staff against the director. So long slime bag !
· Psychiatry is feeling the pinch after two full-timers announced their unscheduled departure in the next few months. The handful remaining is now doing double and triple duty. Even Charlene “The Charlatan” Thomesen is back seeing Patients (and not liking it one bit!).
SOME THINGS TO PONDER
REGARDING THE FATE OF OUR
LITTLE HOSPITAL IN THE
BUCOLIC ROLLING HILLS OF NORTHPORT, NY.
I want to focus on Long Island, and, at the same time, show a comparison to New York City, and the rest of the Country.
I have edited the original article to hi-light my argument for Long Island and the VA Medical Center in Northport.
OUR MILITARY VETERAN POPULATION:
The total estimated is the U.S. is 18,500,000 (circa 2016)
The total estimated in Wyoming is 47,000 (circa 2017)
The total estimated in New York State is 900,000 (circa 2017)
The total estimated in Long Island is 131,091 (circa 2015)
[Article referenced in link, below]
While the public expresses favorable views of many federal agencies, the VA received the lowest rating among 10 agencies and departments in a earlier this year. Roughly, half of U.S. adults (49%) had a favorable view of the VA and 34% expressed an unfavorable view. As with all the agencies and departments in the survey, there were partisan differences. Republicans and Republican-leaning independents expressed lower favorability for the VA (40%) than Democrats and Democratic leaners (60%).
link = http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/11/10/the-changing-face-of-americas-veteran-population/
NY's veterans: Where they live, when they served
[reference link, below]
More veterans live on Long Island, near Buffalo or in Queens and Brooklyn than anywhere else in New York:
· Suffolk, 76,263
· Erie, 62,999
· Queens, 55,899
· Nassau, 54,828
· Kings, 50,999
Nassau & Suffolk = 131,091
The U.S. Veterans Administration spent about $6 million last year on veterans living in New York State.
About half of that, $3 million, went to healthcare costs for about 230,000 vets, according to the comptroller's report.
Here's what the top counties spent:
· Suffolk, $287,833 on 19,497 patients = about $15.00 per Veteran
· Kings, $252,500 on 13,344 patients
· Bronx, $224,399 on 10,800 patients
· Erie, $217,208 on 18,823 patients
· Queens, $197,005 on 11,168 patients
· New York, $159,998 on 8,774 patients
· Westchester, $147,661 on 8,106 patients
· Onondaga, $144,284 on 9,638 patients
view the complete article at:
link = http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2015/11/nys_veterans_where_they_live_when_they_served.html
· The numbers above are from one to three years ago. Since 2015, the population of Veterans on Long Island has risen to an estimated 150,000. Over the same period, the number of Veterans enrolled at the VAMC Northport has declined from about 31,000 to about 28,000.
· Look at the physical size of the Northport Facility and compare it to the size of any other major local private medical Facility, the conclusion is that the Northport Facility is comparable in physical size to those of the private sector.
· Now, consider what would happen to a major private medical Facility that dealt with only 28,000 patients a year. They are “for profit” institutions, and they would not be in business very long with that amount of Patient load.
· When you realize that only about 28,000 Veterans per year use the VA Facility in Northport, you can get some idea why the entire operation lacks sustainability.
· There are, of course, some major differences in how the financials work for a hospital in the private sector versus a hospital in the public sector. One factor does not change. If you don’t have enough people subscribing to your Facility, the Facility cannot sustain itself. I won’t get into the actual financial structure of a VA hospital here. Concisely, the more people you have registered and using your VA hospital the more funding you receive from 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington DC; VA Headquarters. The VA Medical Center Northport is woefully lacking in this category.
· The only reason that the Northport VA hospital has lasted this long is that taxpayers dollars are available to keep it afloat up to this point in “time”. Just look around you and you will conclude that the “time” has arrived.
v The hospital’s top management is inept and in total disarray. This has been the case for the past 15 years, at least.
v Managers and Department Heads are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.
v Doctors are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.
v Department Staffs are being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted.
v The employees that aren’t being fired, forced into retirement, or demoted are leaving as fast as rats off a sinking ship.
v Key job positions that become vacant are not being filled.
v The infrastructure is toxic, life-threatening, and crumbling.
v Employee morale is the lowest it’s been in decades.
· Comments are appearing on job-listing sites, that the VA uses, telling job seekers to stay away from the VA Medical Center in Northport.
· These conditions are obvious to the Employees. The Veteran Patients, on the other hand, historically stick their heads in the sand and pretend everything just fine.
· How shrill is their cry going to be when they arrive one day for an appointment and the front gate has a padlock on it?
· Oh, do you really think anyone will give you a warning that the whole place is “locking the door”? Your Dear Leader, Scotty “Lock The Door” Guermonprez, isn’t going to give you a heads-up; you can bank on that!
· Let’s see the look on your faces when the VA tells you to go to Brooklyn, Manhattan, or the Bronx.
· Oh, wait a minute! You can always go on the Veterans Choice Program, right. Oops, wrong! The Choice Program is still bankrupt; it won’t be paying your medical bills for a quite some time.
This is what our “local” media should be reporting on. For some inexplicable reason, our “local” media outlets are still drinking the Kool Aid; even after admitting that the VAMC Northport has lied to them on numerous occasions. One “local” media outlet has also misrepresented and misstated facts and figures on our fight for recognition of the Liver Fluke issue.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:
Ø QSI (Quality Solutions, Inc., Facilities and Project Management Services Nationwide) and their future in contract administration for the VAMC Northport
Ø The further draw down f hospital personnel
Ø the further deterioration of the physical plant
Ø the non-action from the Federal Government on the VAMC Northport
Ø Who will be assigned to check the streetlights in the parking lots...
Ø disciplinary actions against messy desk owners
And, of course, anything else that you, the reader, may be interested in hearing about!
MY LITTLE GIRL
DOESN’T LIKE YOU