Seven physicians — including four in the emergency department — are resigning from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.
Hospital officials say the departures are due to changes the hospital is making to improve quality. But other physicians who have left in recent years say the turnover stems from the administration’s increasingly caustic relationship with providers.
Do you see the pattern? I have spoken about this before and have seen it over and over in my own life. Administrators want control and they want doctors to shut up or leave. They have a delusional sense of self-worth. More from the article:
- Speaking on condition of anonymity, one hospital physician said that doctors who are leaving are reluctant to be interviewed for fear that hospital administration will retaliate as they seek other jobs
- “The medical staff has not felt for a long time that the administration has any respect for the medical staff or the nursing staff,” he says.
- Williamson says the dysfunctional dynamic has effectively forced many medical staff out. By his count, 30 have left the hospital over the past five years. He says some positions haven’t been filled, leaving the hospital understaffed.
Vindictive, patronizing, disrespectful, and indifferent to our needs. That about sums it up.
This is what I was seeing all the time up there but it happens everywhere. It is a massive power play by administrators. They have the perfect excuses, too. More from the article:
But the president of Maine Coast Memorial, John Ronan, who has been leading the hospital for about a year, says the turnover among the hospital’s 55 providers is typical of hospitals.
“I attribute a lot of it to change and a different way of looking at how we provide services here,” he says.
Maine Coast Memorial was acquired by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in 2015. Since then, Ronan says, the hospital has made changes to improve quality, such as establishing a collaborative that allows doctors within the system to fill shifts at various emergency departments depending on need.
Some doctors, he says, may not find these new strategies palatable.
“We want to reassure the community that while there has been some turnover with providers, it’s still great care here and we’re still working through plans to make it better care than it has ever been,” Ronan says.
And my favorite double-speak example:
The chair of the board at Maine Coast Memorial, meanwhile, is expressing confidence in hospital leadership. In a written statement, Debra Ehrlenbach says the plans that have been developed in partnership with EMHS will “position us for long-term success in a changing healthcare world.”
Seems like they choose a position to lose more doctors. But since she and other administrators feel doctors are interchangeable, and another one can be plugged in, then it doesn’t matter.
Since some idiot ragged on me for being too jaded against administrators (I am and for valid reasons) I decided to continue to show examples of their true intentions.