Healthcare Going To The Dogs

Here is the kind of orientation video that hospital administrators are now showing to their employees.   There is a longer video of it here:

http://www.media-partners.com/healthcare_training/its_a_dogs_world.htm

As one of my readers said (who sent this in):

  • These all seem to be systems failures at a corporate hospital run by people not involved in the care of the patients.
  • It seems the cash-based model run by the veterinarian allows her to hire and retain staff with the right attitudes who are happy to work in a pleasant work environment
  • That call back by the vet was a nice touch, is the hospital going to pay the doctors’ additional hours to do the same or are you just sticking to your guns on the hourly/annual wage with no unapproved “overtime”?
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