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longhorn
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February 23, 2015 12:49 pm  

It's scary to think of what would happen if some kinda outbreak would occur in St. Croix. In my opinion, the current managers @ JFL are lacking in the level of formality needed to stave CMS decertification.

In todays daily news the paper lays out $720,000 in raises and retroactive pay the hospital has recently paid out. While raises are to be expected, the paper trail reportedly lacks the necessary information to determine whether raises and retroactive pay were critical in the function of the hospital at a time where they claim to be $10m short of the money needed to avoid decertification.

The hospital has also hired a CFO with a checkered past, which is also in todays paper.

In my opinion the CEO should be terminated and an interim turn around CEO should be brought in before the hospital is decertified.


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denvertired
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February 23, 2015 1:20 pm  

Maybe they should sell the hospitals, I can think of at least 3 organizations that are very good at running hospitals. The nuns from Sisters of Charity are great and the amount of free care they give at all their hospitals is truly admirable.


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February 23, 2015 1:28 pm  

The VI is loathe to give up government control of anything. Somebody would have to pry it away from them.


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February 23, 2015 1:36 pm  

too bad, from what I've read on here and read in their budget they are losing money and lacking service.
Most hospital make money or at least create a profit and give the money to the community


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February 23, 2015 1:50 pm  

Maybe they should sell the hospitals ...

If you do eventually move here and settle in for a while, much will become clear and much will remain unclear. Hypotheses are just that.


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denvertired
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February 23, 2015 1:54 pm  

I can see the frustration writen on the wall but there is frustration everywhere


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Pdmargie
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February 23, 2015 6:03 pm  

Unfortunately, many large university hospitals in major cities in the states lose money every year. They treat many knife and gunshot victims, most of which do not have insurance. The hospital on STX has a long and difficult journey ahead of it. Hopefully in a year or so, as a critical care nurse, I'll be on island to help as much as I can. I just hope the situation doesn't deteriorate to a point that a travel nursing to permanent position becomes untenable. I'd rather live on STX, but may have to "settle" for STT. Sorry St. Thomas residents, I just prefer the laid back vibe of STX.


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February 23, 2015 7:04 pm  

PD: If the "laid back vibe"leads to the kinds of things that are happening at Juan Luis, maybe the laid back vibe isn't so great. You might be surprised how nice St Thomas is. 😉

denvertired: Please do NOT say the "hospitals". Schneider Regional is doing quite well under good leadership from the board, the CEO, and the new senior leadership. 😎


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February 23, 2015 7:45 pm  

I read that article too, and I was disappointed in it. If you look through some of the detail they show (select individual employees, what they were making, their new salary, and the rationale) it makes perfect sense. Many of these people were drastically underpaid for the position they have. How are you going to keep competent personnel paying them 30-40% below market they live in a place with a cost of living 20-30% higher than in the US?

Is the hospital losing money? Yes, but you can't further shoot yourselves in the foot by losing the good staff that you do have (and I'm sure not all are good, but the best are most likely to leave) because you won't pay them any where close to a market wage in a place with the cost of living of Hawai'i.

PS If I were one of the people who got my name published along with what I get paid I would be pretty miffed at the Daily for publishing my personal compensation. It's different when you're in an executive level position, but there's no need to strip the average employee of the privacy in regards to pay that the rest of us have.


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February 23, 2015 8:01 pm  

PS If I were one of the people who got my name published along with what I get paid I would be pretty miffed at the Daily for publishing my personal compensation. It's different when you're in an executive level position, but there's no need to strip the average employee of the privacy in regards to pay that the rest of us have.

The salaries of public servants are not private anywhere. Hospital personnel here are government employees.


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ChrisMI
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February 23, 2015 8:32 pm  

Ah, I was thinking they were private and just got subsidized by the VI gov't, didn't realize they were direct government employees.


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denvertired
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February 23, 2015 9:01 pm  

EE,

My apologies


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janeinstx
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February 23, 2015 10:25 pm  

While I'm sure some of the article is factual I have to think that some of the increases were misreported. The Certified Pharmacy tech with a 35000.00 raise makes no sense at all. Retail techs at the same level are paid right around 37,000.00 a year at the top of the scale. Hospital pay is generally less.


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