Tag Archives: alicia

Cost of Healthcare Too Much for Utica to Handle

Author:  Alicia

Forces/Drivers:  Hospital Merger, Brain Drain

Scenario C

Letter to the Editor

When it was announced that talks had begun for a possible merger between St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLHC), many people had their reservations. As a Registered Nurse at FSLHC, I myself was skeptical.

After years of talking, planning and implementation of the merger, the decision to close the St. Elizabeth’s campus still comes to a shock to most area residents. SEMC has been a landmark on Genesee St for decades and has served hundreds of thousands of people.

The reasons for closing the campus are stated as both financial and quality; financially it is just more cost effective to offer all services in one location, and the institution claims that this will provide a better quality of care to area residents.

But what about the quality of life of all the employees that will now be with out a job? FSLHC may take on some of the employees as transfers, but many will have to go out of the area to find work. The same pattern of jobs leaving and residents leaving continues. It is with great sadness that this area is losing so many jobs, many good, hard working people and a landmark in the community.

I am currently waiting to hear about the status of my own position. Though if I make it through this round of lay-offs, there is no guarantee of job security for the next few years. If I do lose my job, my family and I may be forced to leave the area. I have already begun looking for positions in Albany and Syracuse.  Even if we do manage to stay, I fear for the quality of healthcare that will be available in the community. With only one hospital, residents of the area will have no options for healthcare. So many people already seek treatment outside the area for major issues and I fear that trend will only continue to grow.

This hospital merger has brought the loss of hundreds of jobs, the closing of an iconic healthcare campus and the potential for a dramatic decrease in the quality of health services offered to our community. We are already a depressed area can we handle another blow to the economy such as this? I leaves me wondering, what is next for Utica?

Leave a comment

Filed under Scenarios

DOH Makes the Right Decision

Author:  Alicia

Forces/Drivers:  Hospital Merger, Brain Drain

Scenario B

Letter to the Editor

When it was announced that talks had begun for a possible merger between St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLHC), many people had their reservations. As a Registered Nurse at FSLHC, I myself was skeptical.

The Department of Health has recently turned down the institutions request to combine services and collaborate as one healthcare organization. Their reason for doing so was that there would be too many duplication of services and/or would create a monopoly in the area of healthcare in Utica.

While both hospitals clearly are only concerned with their financial gain and how the merge would affect their bottom line, at least the residents of Utica have the DOH looking out for their best interests. A merger would have given the area residents no choices as to where they receive their healthcare, but would have also resulted in hundreds of layoffs. When large scale layoffs like that occur, many people would have left Utica in search of other jobs. Is that really what we want for our area? More people leaving in search of better jobs and a better life? Let’s hope this idea of a merge between the two healthcare organizations in Utica has been put to rest for good.

Leave a comment

Filed under Scenarios

Hospital Collaboration a Success

Author:  Alicia

Forces/Drivers:  Hospital Merger, Brain Drain

Scenario A

Letter to the Editor

When it was announced that talks had begun for a possible merger between St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLHC), many people had their reservations. As a Registered Nurse at FSLHC, I myself was skeptical.

I would like to commend both organizations for handling the situation as well as they did and for keeping their employees informed throughout the process. The transition has been smooth and fairly painless. While being overseen by one CEO and Board of Directors, maintaining the hospitals unique identities has been a key factor in the flawless transition. I feel that the employees at both institutions have been walked thru this process step by step, which has helped to ensure nothing but the best quality of care for our patients.

Given the state of our economy and the federal government’s new guidelines for Medicare reimbursement, neither organization would have been able to survive such cuts without this collaboration. SEMC and FSLHC have put their differences aside to do what is best for our community and keeping quality healthcare available to the residents of the Greater Utica area and the Mohawk Valley.

Now that the merger is complete, the hospital administration can work on a strategic plan for the future of the two campuses and services they offer. As an employee I see strong possibilities in specialization of services and research opportunities, which could lead to additional staff positions and improvements in the quality of healthcare provided to our community. I see a bright positive future coming for the healthcare industry in Utica’s future.

Leave a comment

Filed under Scenarios

Meet Alicia

Alicia has written three Letters to the Editor addressing the hospital merger and brain drain forces in each of the outlined scenarios.

3 Comments

Filed under Scenarios