Hutcheson’s patient care ombudsman, the person responsible for making sure the bankrupt hospital is actually taking care of patients, says conditions there have “deteriorated.”
How badly have they deteriorated? She can’t say for sure because hospital leaders haven’t given her sufficient access since July – so she’s reported the hospital to the state licensing board.
In a court report filed Monday, she cited poor communication from hospital administrators regarding financial conditions and the sudden closure of outpatient services, and noted that several of Hutcheson’s remaining key doctors have quit due to not being paid in months. Now THAT’s Hutcheson quality.
Yet, as the ombudsman observed, through all of the job reductions and service shutdowns, none of the hospital’s “senior leadership” has been cut.
“I used to believe in [CEO] Farrell Hayes, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. I STILL believe in Santa.” -Hutcheson Employee
As conditions continue getting worse and debt piles higher, Hutcheson has buyers interested in several of its properties, but not (so far) the main hospital.
An outfit called “New Beginnings” is offering to pay $7 million for Parkside Nursing Home.
Walker County’s government is considering making a bid on the closed Chickamauga Family Practice property, hoping to lease it to Memorial Hospital – but multiple insiders at the Walker County Development Authority say that entity, at least, won’t be buying. (We have to save development money for completely idiotic ideas, not partially-baked ones.)
Hutcheson’s lawyers will be back in court this Friday for more talks, and could come home with orders to shut the place down entirely.
One bit of good news, at least for one doctor’s patients: Dr. Paul Ballinger, who worked at Chickamauga Family Practice until it shut down, is now practicing in LaFayette at Memorial-owned Professional Park.
Straight Gut Rd shooting last week began with an “unsatisfying” sexual encounter between Nicole Carroll and Edrius Jamel Putman. That resulted in a fight where Putman struck Carroll with an object, then began to leave with two friends.
At that point Carroll’s stepfather Michael James Gobert and his wife came out of their own home with guns. After more confrontation (the degree of which varies depending on which eyewitness or neighbor it comes from), Putman’s friend JJ Montgomery was shot and killed.
(Some are trying to make the incident into a racial situation, but nobody is defending this shooting. Regardless of what happened before shots were fired or what race anyone is or was, there’s no justification for it to have happened. It wasn’t likely racially motivated, and if it was so what? He’s no less or more dead.)
Putman, who was shot but hardly injured, faces an assault charge for striking Ms. Carroll. Gobert is in jail for murder.
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