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4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
LETTER: Do your own investigation

I am writing to ask the citizens of Blythe to begin checking out the information that is being spread around town related to changes at Palo Verde Hospital (PVH).

I heard recently that the first administrator or acting CEO hired through HFS Consultants had been fired by the board president for no good reason.

That didn't sound sensible to me so I contacted Palo Verde Hospital and found out the reason he was asked to leave was due to his inability to work more than two days per week.

HFS was called and they immediately replaced this person with a CEO who was able to work the number of days the contract had required and the problem was solved. The new CEO, Larry Blitz, has confirmed that this is exactly what occurred.

I have been working in Blythe long enough to know that in the past, too many contracted managers have taken advantage of our small district hospital. A great example is the wages paid our last CEO. How anyone could think the CEO of a 25 bed rural hospital should be paid the same as the CEO of a 300-bed full-service public hospital in our state is beyond belief.

I know how easy it is to believe the negative stories that come our way but I really hope we can all stop buying into the worst and start asking questions for ourselves.

People are telling me they don't trust the care being delivered at PVH because of all of the infighting that has occurred over such a long time.

I have witnessed it for over nine years so I understand how they might think this indicates poor care being delivered by the hospital.

But I am in a position to provide continuing care for patients who come to us from all of the hospitals within a 150 mile radius of our community including PVH. And I can honestly tell you that none of the hospitals are perfect.

And I have seen indications of poor care from some of the most prestigious facilities in the desert.

PVH does a good job. There are services not available in this small hospital but the Emergency Room does excellent work and the ICU, Med/Surgical unit and Operating Room are every bit as good as their larger counterparts.

We need PVH in this community and we need to support it. Please do your own investigating when you hear the next story. This hospital can survive and improve if we all spend more time focusing on what is right!

- Sandi Blessing, Blythe Nursing Care Center

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Gee, people in other communities get mailings from their hospitals announcing new physicians and services. We get expensive mailings from docs who practice politics instead of medicine. Follow the money.

Ms. Blessing is a wonderful person who is totally dependent upon the MEC if her business, which she has put her heart into, is to survive. She is right, the hardworking and caring folks who work at PVH are not the problem. They do their best inspire of the stuff that goes on at PVH.

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: I do not believe this

You got your (deleted) lawyer published, you got Blessing (another indentured servant) and today I received a notice signed by Pagliawan and Brooks (also under your thumb) and as for me please, please - NO MORE! This clearly more of your self-serving propaganda. Your time has come. Accept it and move on. Your holier than thou baloney is not going to last forever. There is not enough money to buy EVERYBODY in town. Sayonara, fraud and servants.

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: M R

Frank Templeton, that's false logic. Just because someone agrees with hiring a CEO, doesn't mean they have to agree with their pay. @ Real Investigations: saying that $200k is "nothing" compared to anything is the language of financial trouble. Every expense no matter how small affects a budget, and $200k is a start. Otherwise, I agree with you that on-call pay needs to be reduced. Employee pay and benefits are typically the largest expenditures incurred in a business, and I've seen the hospital financials that confirm this as well.

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: @ Sandi Blessing

(deleted) All these good letters being sent to the community suggesting we go to the snake pit for treatment ...Give me a break its not even Christmas and you are as full of blank as the turkey and thats stuffed...A lot of us wont buy your garbage..We know to much about the mec and the three board members...It will snow in hell before I will trust or believe any thing or any body at pvh...

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: Franklin Templeton

Sheer hypocrisy!!! In the last 10 years you have spoke at every one of those meetings when a CEO or management company was hired — demanding that we hire them. Now you have a problem with what they were paid?

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: Real Investigations

I too have done my investigations and have long ago forgotten about the CEO pay. I agree that a normal 25 bed hospital would pay their CEO about $200,000 a YEAR less. That is a pittance compared to the real problem. You only need to go to the January financial report provided by HFS Consultants to see where the real problem lies.

From the financial reported to the Board on March 13, 2013:
“The hospital continues to generate operating losses. For the seven months ending January 31, 2013 the hospital has incurred a loss from operations totaling approximately $2.6 million as compared to an approximate "break even" year-to-date result for the prior year.”
The CEO's $200,000 is nothing compared to the $3,000,000.00 we are paying in On-call and Directorships to the Doctors. In fact if we where not paying that we would be seeing a profit.

Also from the financial reported to the Board on March 13, 2013:
“Average daily census” - “(10% reduction over prior year-to-date)”
“Patient days” - “(10% reduction over prior year-to-date)”
“Emergency Department visits” - “(1.3% reduction over prior year-to-date)”

WOW “Surgery cases” - “(28.6% reduction over prior year-to-date)”

You and I both know that Doctors (the MEC) Admit patients and do surgeries! Can you not see where the real problem lies? Would Blythe Nursing Care survive if it took a 28.6% hit in Medicare admissions or even 10%. Of course not!

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: The Shadow knows

Good for you Ms. Blessing! However lets face it. Your underlying desire for the hospital to survive is not for the unfornate people of Blythe who can't afford to go elsewhere it is for your pocketbook! Stop your whinning and step up to the plate! You complain when people are sent out and you pay to have them brought back! Everyone knows that your buddy who runs an ambulance transport company does your transports for free! You must be drinking the same kood-aid as those lawyers!

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: @Do your own investigation investigation

Who do you think your kidding! It's never been about the staff and service at the hospital. It's been about the abuse of power and control. You speak often for your very good friends and it won't change the fact that you and your circle are in it for yourselves. Worried about losing business? Yep I'm sure.
Just focus on better care of your facility so your patients don't have to go to the hospital just because they fell under your care just like my godmother.

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