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briantroy
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Good Evening,

I am considering a position at JFL and I'm curious if anyone has any comments they would like to share. I am particularly interested in hearing from current or past employees. I am a respiratory therapist from San Diego and have visited the USVI, but never lived there. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : July 13, 2013 4:38 am
speee1dy
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i am sure you will get lots of opinions about the hospital. there have been so many changes over the year at the hospital it is hard to keep up with it all. also do some reading here. plenty of helpful posts on the hospital, cost of living etc.
after you have read some, come back and ask some specific questions , we will be more than happy to answer them
welcome to the forum

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Posted : July 13, 2013 10:46 am
STXBob
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You can also find articles at http://virginislandsdailynews.com/ and http://stcroixsource.com/ .

For example:

"Senators working on rescue for Luis Hospital" http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/senators-working-on-rescue-for-luis-hospital-1.1519529

"Senators Plan to Legislate Who is JFL CEO" http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/07/12/senators-plan-legislate-who-jfl-ceo

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Posted : July 13, 2013 10:50 am
Iris Tramm
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Run for the hills.

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Posted : July 13, 2013 6:20 pm
speee1dy
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you made me laugh iris

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Posted : July 13, 2013 7:37 pm
briantroy
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Thanks for everyone's input. I have been lurking here for a few weeks and have a fair idea of life on STX (as fair as one can get without actually living there). I am just having a difficult time with info directly from current or former employees. My questions are more concerned with working conditions, etc. As a currently employee of a community hospital built in 1955 and repeatedly condemned, I know what it is like to deal with limited resources and make due as best as possible.

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Topic starter Posted : July 13, 2013 11:13 pm
East Ender
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Have you looked into RT at http://www.rlshospital.org/Home.aspx ? St Thomas would be happy to have you. 😀

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Posted : July 14, 2013 11:44 am
Cruz
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Thanks for everyone's input. I have been lurking here for a few weeks and have a fair idea of life on STX (as fair as one can get without actually living there). I am just having a difficult time with info directly from current or former employees. My questions are more concerned with working conditions, etc. As a currently employee of a community hospital built in 1955 and repeatedly condemned, I know what it is like to deal with limited resources and make due as best as possible.

Try asking around on facebook. There are plenty of Virgin Islands and St. Croix groups on there.

Also here's the link for the hospital's current facebook page. You will find some employees posting comments or tagged in pics. Try sending them an inbox message and they may or may not reply to you. It's worth a try.

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Posted : July 14, 2013 12:04 pm
briantroy
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Thanks for the FB idea, I hadn't thought of that. As for RLS hospital, there currently aren't any openings that fit my skill set/credentials. I have an AA in Respiratory Therapy, a BA in Writing Studies, an MBA in Healthcare Management and I owned an air freight business for 8 years. I'm all over the place, so I am pretty much open to any reasonable job offer or sound business venture!

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Topic starter Posted : July 14, 2013 1:49 pm
WavesNC
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Brian,

I have seen want ads for a medical practice administrator. I can't remember which website, but check on viol.gov or indeed.

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Posted : July 14, 2013 1:58 pm
briantroy
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Hey Waves,

Checked http://www.vidol.gov/search_job.php and they are the same listings I have seen before. I have been checking indeed.com on a daily basis for months. Right now I am in contact with HR at JFL and the pulmonary manager is looking over my resume. I have learned from a different USVI website that another RRT is going down early next month for a PMV and possible interview. I'm not sure if there is only one job and they are stringing me along, or multiple openings and she is going on her own accord. Time will tell. Thanks for your input and keep me posted on your progress, you have my email.

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Topic starter Posted : July 14, 2013 2:23 pm
cheesepotato
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I just left and it is absolute hell in icu.

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Posted : July 15, 2013 3:43 pm
cheesepotato
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Oplease disregard previous post. I was at RLS.

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Posted : July 15, 2013 4:20 pm
East Ender
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Wow, cheesy! Two months ago you thought SRMC was taking it to the next level, now it's hell. I sure hope as you are leaving you will write your thoughts on your time spent here. I think a lot of newcomers would like to hear about your expectations and experience.

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Posted : July 16, 2013 12:36 am
briantroy
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I have sent you a PM, Cheese.

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Topic starter Posted : July 16, 2013 3:21 am
Alana33
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You might find this an interesting read: http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/07/16/jfl-board-griffith-hansen-lock-horns-over-ceo-post

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Posted : July 16, 2013 2:48 pm
briantroy
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I have seen many, many issues at the community hospital where I work. Everything from our entire building being condemned to backroom oustings of the top 8 executives by the board (huge lawsuit there), 100 plus people laid off last month, etc. In the words of Kay from the movie Men in Black: Kid, There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!
I appreciate the link, but I know there are going to be issues anywhere I go, especially now when every organization is tightening the belt. But, people are still going to get sick and they are still going to need care. The only reason they haven't closed our hospital is because they can't! There is no other place for patients to go. My hospital has been losing money since I started 8 years ago and my job certainly isn't safe. So, despite the threats and fears and hype, I just roll with the punches and hope I don't get the axe.

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Topic starter Posted : July 16, 2013 3:12 pm
mutig25
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I sent you a PM. I work for the hospital and would be happy to chat with you offiline regarding my experience thus far.

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Posted : July 16, 2013 6:55 pm
East Ender
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JFL has 581 filled positions for 188 (licensed) beds? How many actual beds do they have? I know at Schneider, one of the former CEOs said there were 10 employees for every bed and that number needed to be right-sized. Don't think they did, though.*-)

A government entity cannot run a hospital and, bless him for trying, I don't believe a physician without health care management training can either.IMHO.

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Posted : July 16, 2013 10:01 pm
briantroy
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Forgive me, but I'm not sure what that means or what point you are trying to make.

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Topic starter Posted : July 16, 2013 11:00 pm
Cruz
 Cruz
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I have seen many, many issues at the community hospital where I work. Everything from our entire building being condemned to backroom oustings of the top 8 executives by the board (huge lawsuit there), 100 plus people laid off last month, etc. In the words of Kay from the movie Men in Black: Kid, There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!
I appreciate the link, but I know there are going to be issues anywhere I go, especially now when every organization is tightening the belt. But, people are still going to get sick and they are still going to need care. The only reason they haven't closed our hospital is because they can't! There is no other place for patients to go. My hospital has been losing money since I started 8 years ago and my job certainly isn't safe. So, despite the threats and fears and hype, I just roll with the punches and hope I don't get the axe.

I like your attitude, sound like you were describing our hospital. I think you'll be ok at Juan Luis

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Posted : July 16, 2013 11:05 pm
briantroy
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What can they do, seriously, shut the place down? I work at a community hospital built in 1955 and we serve a mostly uninsured and under-insured group of people. Mostly Hispanic and mostly hard working people. We need a new system, we are treating everyone anyway, I just hope we are stepping in the right direction with all the changes.

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Topic starter Posted : July 16, 2013 11:15 pm
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