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Welcome To Our New Soviet Hospital

By Greg L | 12 September 2009 | Prince William County | 36 Comments

Prince William Hostpital has served the community well over the years as an institution that provided truly excellent medical care while reflecting our community values.  With the takeover of this institution by North Carolina-based Novant, the quality of what our future healthcare may be is perhaps suspect, but the community values reflected by this institution are most certainly gone.  When far-left liberals start imposing an extremist corporate policy on a community institution to further an agenda completely out of touch with the community it serves, it’s quite reasonable to be concerned that a focus on providing quality healthcare is going to take a back seat to politically-inspired social engineering.

I’m getting reports tonight that as Novant takes control, the changes being imposed are really taking employees by surprise and raising significant concerns.  Costs will rise as benefits are mandated for homosexual “domestic partners.”  Mandatory “diversity training” will compete with the time available for training people in how to save lives and provide quality care.  “Goals” for achieving workforce diversity may replace or undermine personnel policies that reward competence, experience and ability.  Novant isn’t simply a corporation with the usual politically-correct fluff within their human resources policies, they are active social engineering warriors determined to engineer the perfect society within hospitals, much the way Joseph Stalin tried to engineer the “New Soviet Man”, albeit without a powerful secret police force to effect this, only corporate HR fanatics with the power to fire you.

Discrimination:Illegal treatment of a person or group (either intentional or unintentional) based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or veteran’s status. The term also includes the failure to remedy the effects of past discrimination. Making decisions in prejudicial manner that may exclude or deny opportunity; making distinctions based on racial, ethnic, or distinguishing features such as usage, religious identification of disability. A combination of prejudice (superiority/inferiority belief system) and institutional power, the power to impose that system on others. Without power, we all have about the same ability to be prejudiced. Destructive “isms” (racism, sexism, ageism, ethnocentrism, handicapism, homophobism, etc.) Use of institutional power to reinforce biased belief systems and to disadvantage others.

Notice how Novant defines “homophobism” in their corporate policy in a way that equates it with unlawful discrimination?  Being branded as a “homophobe”, which is a sadly regular occurrence for Christians of strong faith who simply aren’t comfortable spending a lot of time closely working with recalcitrant homosexuals, can under Novant’s policies end up getting you terminated for cause.  Simply objecting to having your employer provide benefits to “domestic partners” while they whittle yours away in order to save costs can make this happen.  If you don’t fully embrace Novant’s liberal policies, you’re a target.

The community that this institution serves would also find the following rather disturbing in many respects:

In trying to understand just exactly what “diversity management” is, consider the following set of assumptions; belief systems about diversity that have more to do with human behavior than they do race, gender or age. These underlying principles are inherent to diversity work:

1) Diversity is about each person coming to terms with his or her attitudes, beliefs, and expectations about others and gaining comfort with differentness.
2) Diversity is big enough to include everyone; young and old, homeless and affluent, immigrant and native, white and black; and goes beyond race and gender.
3) No one is or should be the target for blame for current or past inequities. All human beings have been socialized to behave in certain ways, and all of us are at times both perpetrators and victims of discrimination and stereotypes.
4) Human beings are ethnocentric - they see the world through their own narrow view and judge the world by what is familiar to them.
5) The human species resists change, continually striving for a state of homeostasis. This makes the constant adaptation required for diversity difficult for people already overwhelmed by staggering transitions in today’s organizations
6) Human beings find comfort and trust in likeness. There is a tendency to seek the company of those most similar to ourselves.
7) It is difficult for people to share power; history shows that it is rarely done voluntarily and without a reason that will somehow benefit those dominating the pool of wealth. (emphasis added)

Marxists tend to produce pretty horrid medical institutions, and the notion that class struggle is required in order to wrest control of the “pool of wealth” from the ruling class is verbatim Marxist.  Maybe a community in Havana, or Pyongyang will acceed to this (perhaps involuntarily), but in Prince William County, Virginia, this is outrageous.  People who think like this are making decisions about how the institutions are run that are supposed to save our lives, and improve the quality of our lives?

When we have an organization that we depend on for our very lives that enshrines class warfare, racial and ethnic struggle, and an open-borders mentality within their corporate policies, how long can we think that the quality of care we receive will remain as high as it does today?  I can’t imagine many medical professionals putting up with this garbage when it starts to intrude on the decisions they need to make in order to save lives and improve outcomes, and when they start looking for alternative facilities to practice where they’re not going to have to put up with this garbage, we in the community are going to end up being the losers.  You can’t force a quality medical professional to practice in any particular place, as there are opportunities everywhere for good care givers.  What you can do is discourage any care giver who is excellent at their job, and doesn’t want to have marxism rammed down their throats through ridiculous workplace policies, from working here, where we need them.

The sale of Prince William Hospital to an outside entity stunk from the beginning.  Now were beginning to understand where that sickening smell is coming from.



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36 Comments

  1. Anonymous said on 12 Sep 2009 at 10:45 pm:
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    High quality of care? PW Hospital? If Novant can reduce the six hour wait time to see a doctor in the ER and improve the discharge time, they should be welcomed. PW Hospital is a disaster right now.

  2. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Sep 2009 at 10:55 pm:
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    Somebody spent a lot of time and effort coming up with that manifesto. Of course it does not advance medical care in any way.

  3. NoVA Scout said on 12 Sep 2009 at 11:07 pm:
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    I had a lot of trouble finding the Marxist economic philosophy in this. I see a lot of HR gobbledygook that seems to be everywhere these days. but nothing quite like you describe. I have a bad habit of reading fairly quickly sometimes, but I scanned it twice looking for the part where the hospital authorities way that “class struggle is required in order to wrest control of the ‘pool of wealth’ . . .etc.” or the advocacy of “class warfare” and “open borders” Sometimes I think a lot of the heat around this site is just poor reading skills.

  4. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Sep 2009 at 11:40 pm:
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    Nova,

    Well, you did say your read it “fairly quickly”. That’s mighty fine of you to own up to poor reading skills.

  5. Katie RN said on 12 Sep 2009 at 11:44 pm:
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    Hey, Anonymous: That’s any ER anywhere. Our Patient Satisfaction ratings and multiple awards and successful Joint Commission surveys do no equal a hospital that’s a ‘disaster’. If we were a disaster, we would’t have has major healthcare organizations bidding to buy us.

    But, on to more important matters since the general citizenry don’t understand what an ER is really for (DIRE, life or DEATH situations, not when you have a fever or tummy ache) and the resulting abuse leads to long wait times…

    As someone who works at PWH: THANK YOU for this article!!

    No one is telling us anything about what’s going on except for this group www.savepwhs.blogspot.com and everything they say comes to pass, so we’re all fully expecting our jobs, salaries and benefits to be cut or changed to North Carolina standards so some of us decided to be proactive and look into things ourselves.

    So some of us nurses and the kids from Transport and some Rad people have made Facebook friends with Novant people, who have shared their benefits info and “employee only” (hey, we ARE Novant employees now, aren’t we?) stuff from their “intra” net, and everything is true.

    Their wages SUCK compared to what we’re accustomed to in Northern Virginia. Their benefits SUCK compared to what we’ve always have had here, and YES, like this article says, they have “domestic partner” (we ALL KNOW what that means) benefits, something we’ve always shot down and kept out of Prince William, something that is NOT in line with the culture or standards of this community.

    I hope these new owners know our bread and butter are the elderly and aging of our area. Just they types who do not want to think about or worry about going to a hospital that is pandering to “alternative” lifestyles that such old people will not want to come in contact with.

    Time to stand up, Prince William, and tell them they need to just take their profits (hey, aren’t we supposed to be non-profit) off the top and let us run and do things our own way, our Northern Virginia wages, benefits and culture and policies. INOVA is just up the road and they are ALWAYS recruiting, so is Medicorp to our south.

  6. Wolverine said on 13 Sep 2009 at 12:01 am:
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    Given what I hear about the current level of competitive recruiting in large metro areas like ours, especially with regard to RN’s, I cannot imagine any outfit coming in here and pissing off its inherited staff. Sounds sort of professionally suicidal to me. Inova, HCA, et al, would be out there just waiting for the recruitment opportunities.

  7. legal2 said on 13 Sep 2009 at 7:15 am:
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    Does Novant own Shady Grove Hospital? Its staff there is so diverse, no one works together (probably culture clashing, communication/language barriers and crappy attitudes). What I witnessed there in the recent past is too disgusting to write. Let’s just say their patient care is non existent, hence the nickname Shady Grave.

  8. Anonymous said on 13 Sep 2009 at 7:46 am:
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    They’ll just replace the staff with a more ‘diverse’ but less qualified group from the South. Hopefully not too far south, as below the border!

  9. The Patriot (Got E-Verify???) said on 13 Sep 2009 at 8:22 am:
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    THERE IS NO REASON whatesoever to reduce quality medical care for the sake of “diversity”. Why is “diversity” even a factor here? Don’t all humans have the same medical needs regardless of ethnic/cultural background? Can anyone show actual proof that “diversity” makes things stronger (regarding human communities…not things like stock portfolios)? Everyone keeps saying that it does but NEVER SHOWS ANY PROOF!!!!! I want medical staff to spend all their non-treatment hours studying medicine….NOT DIVERSITY STUFF! As far as hiring practices are concerned….in medicine you cannot make mistakes!!!! Therefore, only the BEST QUALIFIED personnel should be hired (regardless of ethnic/cultural background). Merit based hiring is in order (based on actual qualifications and aptitude)…nothing else! Let’s get back to basics people!

  10. Anonymous said on 13 Sep 2009 at 8:31 am:
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    Katie, I guess kidney infections where you are pissing blood don’t measure up. I walked in the other night with less severe symptoms and decided I could wait until a trip to the urgent care the next day. There were other people there who weren’t so fortunate. There were a ton of other people who were complaining quite loudly about the length of time they were waiting. It’s not a fact I would be proud of if I worked at PW Hospital.

    Everyone knows that if you need in-patient care, Fair Oaks is a better hospital to go to.

  11. The Patriot (Got E-Verify???) said on 13 Sep 2009 at 8:45 am:
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    Illegal aliens using the PW ER as a medical clinic = Long wait times. This is a very simple equation. Eliminating the left side of the equation will result in short wait times.

  12. Anonymous said on 13 Sep 2009 at 8:58 am:
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    You do have a point, Patriot. Organizationally, PWH has left a lot to be desired. They kind of turned me off forever when I had to reschedule my mammogram after waiting over an hour because someone forgot to turn on the printer in the back and no one got the printout that I had checked in for my appointment. It wasn’t the first time that I had seen or experience stupidity like that in my experiences. I am sure its not universal, but it is my experience. If it were a matter of life or death, I would hope that I could get somewhere else quickly.

  13. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 13 Sep 2009 at 9:44 am:
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    Diversity affords an opportunity for those folks less qualified to have the chance at performing mundane things like open heart surgery. Leaving a surgical knife in your chest is worth the risk as long as diversity prevails in the operating room.

    Pretty soon it will get to the point where emergency care is contingent on a diverse cadre of medical staff being present. Regardless of your illness, you’ll simply have to wait in the waiting room until the correct proportion of diversity is present and then you’ll get the proper medical care.

    Moreover, diversity of those that are ill will be required before care selections are made - even in the emergency room. A Democrat gay transgender she/male Eskimo with an Echo 23CC Weed Trimmer shaft stuck up it’s ass will get medical care before a 83 year old white WWII veteran from Manassas who is almost dead after choking on a salt shaker left in the pancake mix at the Manassas Mall I-HOP.

  14. Anonymous said on 13 Sep 2009 at 9:53 am:
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    Yes, the ER at PWH is a disaster. I spent 6 hours waiting on my wife to be checked and finally released. During that wait, I saw people who were waiting before me get up and leave saying they would find some other hospital or facility to check them. It seems like pediatric ear aches come first then all other conditions. Put the illegals at the end of the line and treat our citizens first no matter what they are in there for.

  15. Manassas Faithful said on 13 Sep 2009 at 10:51 am:
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    This will be another case of corporate people not caring enough to be in tune with the beliefs and wishes of the silent majority. People in this community do not want to turn to a hospital that condones and endorses (and rewards, basically) behavior and choices that do not reflect our beliefs and faith. I was born at that hospital as were both of my two kids, but I’ll take the extra further drive to Fairfax or Fauquier if Prince William Hospital doesn’t reassure me that everything I’m reading is not true. Is there anyone we can write to about this?

  16. Tom O said on 13 Sep 2009 at 12:14 pm:
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    My goodness. I didn’t realize that so many BVBL readers were so pro-employee. Whatever happened to letting a business decide what its policies are going to be and, if some employees, don’t like it, they seek employment elsewhere? You know, let the market place decide which once was one of those bedrock conservative principles?

    Amazing to see that so many of you are so pro labor. Thanks for sticking up for the poor put upon worker. And they say that conservatives have no intelligence, let alone, heart.

  17. NotTimothyGeithner said on 13 Sep 2009 at 1:06 pm:
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    So being bought by the highest bidder on the market is Marxist? I suppose since most people on the right interchange Communism, Marxism, Socialism, and Fascism you probably don’t have clue.

    Perhaps the logical conclusion would be to go back to when hospitals were established non-profit entities run by boards composed of local luminaries without recompense. Thats another Nixonian change we could overturn.

  18. George S said on 13 Sep 2009 at 1:17 pm:
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    Tom O - healthcare is different from a normal business venture for which anyone can afford to “let the marketplace decide”, we can’t afford that when it comes to a community hospital, because if the marketplace decides that employees leave en mase and patients stop going there, there will be no more hospital and we need a hospital in Manassas.

    As conservatives we need to fight against not only government take-over of healthcare in general but also against liberal corporations who could affect quality of care and spit in the face of the standards of a community. Prince William is a non-profit, public service hospital, and like I wrote, we need a hospital here, but we need one that is representative of those it serves. You want a bunch of people living ‘alternative lifestyles’ touching you and drawing your blood if you’re sick or hurt? Be my guest. You want absentee execs in North Carolina turning a blind eye to outsourcing whole Prince William departments to lowest-bidder companies that might utilize illegal immigrant labor?

    This isn’t about being pro-labor in some bleeding heart, anti-capitalist manner. It’s about sticking up for the community, which includes the employees, and the standards of a non-profit community institution.

  19. Just Watching said on 13 Sep 2009 at 1:22 pm:
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    Patriot got it right away. Whilst I was wondering if they needed to call my next of kin when I was sick, I was hounded by hospital staff for a copay, they had my ins info. tha was not good enough. Next bay to me were some from ouside US borders, getting lots of attention and were never asked for a dime.

  20. Wolverine said on 13 Sep 2009 at 3:12 pm:
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    Got an ER story for you. My 90-year old father-in-law suffered a head injury. Took him to the local hospital in northwest Arkansas with a bloody towel on his head. He looked like an Afghan who had just been the victim of a Taliban IED. When we got to the ER, we encountered the staff roadblock at the check-in desk. The old guy just walked right past them and plopped himself down on the medical table in one of the treatment rooms and loudly demanded immediate assistance. Meanwhile, the check-in staff, totally flabbergasted, was yelling “You can’t do that! You have to fill out the forms first!” — followed by a look at me and the query “Who is that man?!!” I finally told them they were up against the Great Generation and fighting a losing cause. I had to fill out the paperwork, even though I did not have his insurance information and other details. The old guy was treated and ready to leave before I could even finish the paperwork! He drove home. It still makes me laugh out loud to think of that day just a few years ago.

  21. Concerned in PWC said on 13 Sep 2009 at 4:33 pm:
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    I got news for all of the folks complaining about wait times. It’s called TRIAGE. Just because you feel like shit doesn’t mean your emergency is worse, or more life threatening, than the, how did you put it…Democrat transgender she-male. Also, maybe that she-male has a higher threshold for pain than you do. Man up. If you’re really verging on death, call an ambulance instead of driving yourself to the hospital. You’ll get priority over everyone else in pain more effectively that way.

  22. Just Watching said on 13 Sep 2009 at 9:38 pm:
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    Mr. Concerned,

    I think you are addressing a pretty educated reading group here, we understand ER protocol. Demanding copays from 1 person and not another has nothing to do with triage. I did arrive in an ambulance, the other was a walk in.

  23. Ray said on 13 Sep 2009 at 11:34 pm:
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    The policy by Novant is at least posted on the web to see - PWHS never put theirs up, and good luck finding Inova’s, Virginia Hospital Center’s or even Potomac’s. At least Novant puts all the language out there.

    PWHS, to their credit, does post the patient’s rights, and in line with diversity and performance of care, that policy (which every health care provider nationwide has to support) states: “treatment and medical services without discrimination based on age, race, religion, sex, sexual preference, disability, diagnosis or your ability to pay or your source of payment”.

    As for the “corporate policy on a community institution”, there is no choice but to have them in place - it is called The Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Accreditation Commission for Healthcare Organizations - JACHO). Take a gander at the standards beginning with Human Resources H.R.01.04.01, move to Leadership LD 04.03.01, then Patient Care and on, and on, and on for about 15 pages on enforcement of diversity which comes out the Federal Laws, Policies and Regulations both for Healthcare and Labor that has to be dealt with.

    If you fail to comply with the Joint Commission standards, there goes your certification and there goes your Medicaid, Medicare and other types of Federal funds. At least with the Novant policy, they put it out there so we know what is coming.

  24. Anonymous said on 14 Sep 2009 at 5:40 am:
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    And Concerned, that doesn’t explain a hospital staff that can figure out how to turn on a printer when its part of the workflow. Instead of checking to see why three appointments in a row hadn’t shown (we were waiting out front), she cleaned the machine. I too understand the concept of triage - my grandmother and sister were/are nurses. Grandma would be appalled at some of the stuff I have seen at Prince William Hospital.

  25. Just the Facts said on 14 Sep 2009 at 8:40 am:
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    Businesses can not be considered conservative or free-market oriented simply because they are ostensibly in the private sector. In fact, the line between the private and public sectors is becoming increasingly blurred at the national and local levels as corruption and self-dealing become more endemic in our society. I don’t need to review the more obvious cases such as the Obama takeovers of the financial sector, a large chunk of the auto industry, and his current attempt to take over the health care sector, so let’s look at some others.

    Government control is much more malevolent when done more quietly and behind the scenes. That involves businesses co-opting themselves to gain favorable treatment from the government. For example, much of the bailout money was funneled through failed corporations such as AIG to Goldman Sachs. That taxpayer money allowed AIG and others to pay off the credit default swaps and other leveraged positions Goldman, which is essentially a criminal organization, took that went bad.

    General Electric (which owns NBC) under Jeffrey Immelt is nothing more now than a PR arm of the Obama administration. Even in its industrial units it is pushing lines of business designed to profit from cap-and-trade, and doing everything it can to promote Obama’s agenda.

    On the other hand, Obama and company chose to deny CIT Group any support (even though that firm is scrapping for life now by seeking private funding). CIT Group is a financial services company whose customers are mostly small businesses who tend to be Republican. If any firm should have received a bailout it was this company. The small firms who depend on CIT Group for financing create more jobs than any of the big guys who got bailed out.

    Note the difference here. CIT Group is surviving with no Federal bailout, despite Obama’s preference that they go away. Their bondholders with bonds currently maturing have to take less than par and their stock is in the tank, but that represents the risk of investing and is not the taxpayers’ problem. However, the firm is devising a survival plan and if they succeed will be helping to create more jobs than any of the bailed out firms.

    Look at the local level. I’ve posted before on the influence of the development sector in our local politics. Our own Director of Planning, Steve Griffin, described one of the big local land use attorneys/lobbyists as his “best friend” and a former Planning Office employee who got the boot because she wouldn’t play ball documented that Griffin rolls out the red carpet for preferred developers. Griffin and Melissa Peacor defend and protect Ray Utz (head of Long-Range Planning) despite overwhelming documentation of Utz’ harassment and abuse of female employees. Utz is a team player in our corrupt Planning Office and has stated his position that the Rural Crescent will be opened up for development, as the big money developers and their attorneys want. Looks like Utz’ job is secure no matter what his behavior might be.

    Look at www.vpap.org. Check out how much money many of the members of our own Board of Supervisors get in campaign contributions from development, real estate, construction and legal interests.

    The takeover of our formerly non-profit local hospital is one more symptom of the broad problem of corruption and influence buying. It seems that the quality of our health care is going to take a back seat to someone else’s profits, and perceptions of political correctness, just as our taxes and debt are skyrocketing to support organizations such as Goldman Sachs, and the local development industry.

    This problem doesn’t end with Prince William Hospital for us locally. As the economy and real estate markets are bottoming and showing signs of recovery, the development industry is gearing up to get back in action and resume picking the pockets and destroying the quality of life of Prince William County taxpayers. The developers need somewhere to send their undocumented, underpaid workers to get patched up at our expense, no questions asked. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

  26. anonny said on 14 Sep 2009 at 8:56 am:
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    No worse than Potomac ER - 7 hour wait for extreme backpain for my husband. And the one time my daughter needed stitches is was a 6 hour wait - try explaining that to a three year old.

    BUT - the new PWH extension at Heathcote is MUCH BETTER! My daughter had a severe ear infection and her ear was draining blood on Labor Day. We went there (we were visiting my parents in Haymarket) and were in and out in under an hour. Staff was very nice, rooms very clean, everything was fast. Granted, it was a slow day (only 4 others waiting) but in general the speed in which we were seen was impressive.

  27. Trouble Raiser said on 14 Sep 2009 at 9:51 am:
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    Somewhere, up in the sky, Jesus is shedding a tear.

    We need to keep these sick perverts out of the medical field. If we’re not careful, some of them will end up as nurses or doctors.

  28. Groveton said on 14 Sep 2009 at 1:32 pm:
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    I have never been to the PW County Hospital. However, I have been to Fairfax Hospital - once when my youngest son was born and once when one of my older sons got seriously ill. The competence of the people at Fairfax Hospital was beyond decsription. When I walked through the ER doors carrying my 12 year old son in my arms it was like time stopped. Nurses came flying over, he was whisked into a treatment room. A doctor appeared instantly. Fortunately, the problem was fully resolved after a few days in the hospital. But I promised my self that one day I’d see the chance to say something good about Fairfax Hospital and today is that day.

    What HR policies does Fairfax Hospital follow? I have no earthly idea. How many people outside HR ever read their own company’s HR policies.

    Will the medical care get better or worse with Novant? What has happened at the other hospitals purchased by Novant? Those are the key questions.

  29. Anonymous said on 14 Sep 2009 at 3:28 pm:
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    Thanks Groveton. That’s good to know. Both my children were delivered in INOVA hospitals and it was worth the drive, especially Fair Oaks. Anonny, I wouldn’t go Potomac’s ER on a dare. I am so sorry you had to sit there for six hours with your preschooler. Maybe by Katie RN’s standards that visit doesn’t constituent life or death, but stitches are an immediate kind of care, worthy of an ER visit, and six hours for a child is beyond the pale. Bet they had your insurance and billing info immediately, though, within the first few minutes.

  30. smurfette said on 14 Sep 2009 at 5:50 pm:
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    I’ve never been to PWH before, however I’ve heard it sucks. I’ve been to potomac several times and have mixed reviews..each time was an emergency but out of 4 times we have been I have waited a max of 6 hrs. My kids seemed to get shuttled in early (each one had head injuries) but once my daughter had a raging fever and they made her wait for 4 hrs..we left and went to Fort Belvoir (back in the day, we didnt even know this wonderful hospital existed for us). Now we go to fort belvoir exclusively, it’s only about 5 minutes or so farther than Potomac and thus a no brainer for military folks.

  31. NoVA Scout said on 14 Sep 2009 at 9:29 pm:
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    CoM - you certainly have me in an embarrassing position - you saw the language I couldn’t find on two readings. Kindly direct me to it and I will be a better person for your guidance. (oops - just read it again and still can’t find it. Isn’t that terrible?)

    George S: what’s a “liberal corporation”? Most corporations I know about are fictional legal contrivances. Is Microsoft liberal or conservative? Exxon? Sears?

    How does one ensure that a corporation is “representative” of the community in which it does business? To belabor the examples from the previous paragraph, how do those coporations make themselves representative of Prince William County without losing a little entrepreneurial oomph in the process? Can the company be “representative” in PWC and still be “representative” in Watts? Does it make a difference that this is a corporation providing hospital services? Should we have requirements that Hospitals can only be owned and managed locally by locals? Do we lose something in terms of quality or efficiency if we require that? Who should impose those requirements, the feds, the Commonwealth, or the localities?

  32. Citizen12 said on 14 Sep 2009 at 11:41 pm:
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    NoVA Scout said on 12 Sep 2009 at 11:07 pm
    I see a lot of HR gobbledygook that seems to be everywhere these days.
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    I would agree with you NoVA. HR gobbledygook…. on steroids.
    To buy into the corporate mission statement is one thing. To surrender your individualism is quite another.
    This type of mental herding / thought control has been working its way throughout corporations, educational institutions and all levels of government for some time now.

    I would encourage anyone to spend some time on this page Greg linked to for an eye opening read.
    http://www.novanthealth.org/eap/daily_issues/diversity.jsp

    Drop down to “Cultural Competencies Cultural Competencies and Healthcare Issues” and we discover how each group has nothing in common with the other. This takes many paragraphs to describe for each group.

    Well, almost all groups. All but one. Can you guess? They got these folks pegged in only about five paragraphs. Imagine that.

    Caucasian American
    “Many Caucasian-Americans see themselves as the dominate group in America, even as demographics are rapidly changing.”

    A word of caution here. The Caucasians are a crazy bunch. Here’s proof.

    “Most Caucasians of American decent do not identify themselves as Caucasian-Americans. They view themselves as “Americans”

    You may ask what all this has to do with treating the sick?
    Not a thing.
    So why do they put so much time, money, work and emphasis into it?

  33. Becky Dee said on 15 Sep 2009 at 7:01 pm:
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    First off, thanks to Katie RN for what she does. Nurses get the complaints and the hardest work. I’ve found they’re the most compassionate and helpful people in hospitals.

    My family has been to every ER in Northern VA thanks to my beloved grandfather and we’ve waited a long time in each, including Fair Oaks and Fairfax. What we found was that coming in via ambulance is essential if you are facing a real emergency or are bringing in an elderly person. We’ve waited no longer at Prince William than we have anywhere else. Prince William Hospital has been a great hospital to my family.

    The political correctness run amuck in Novant’s HR guidelines is troubling, but I cannot imagine Novant coming in and making such massive changes that the current staff will want to leave. It would be business suicide for Novant to do that, and, considering how successful they are in NC, I’d think their executives are smarter than that. Good medical staff is hard to find, Novant should be paying close attention to the happiness of PW Hospital’s employees. Let’s all hope that the hospital thrives and grows, as, if it founders, we’ll all be affected.

  34. Fairness in Media said on 20 Sep 2009 at 2:51 am:
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    The United States has the best health care in the world. It is just that no one can afford it. Take any terminal disease and the treatments will bankrupt your life’s savings. Then find that your health insurance will not cover everything when the exclusions abandon you and you are left with a bill that will bury you and continue to say: “it is a socialist program” . If a society cannot take care of it’s own, then it cannot call itself a society.

  35. JD said on 21 Sep 2009 at 2:21 am:
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    PWH hospital sucks. It has sucked for 10 years (this is as far back as I can authoritatively offer an opinion on the matter). A typical visit to the ER at PWH is an 11 hour before you are seen affair, followed by someone finally seeing you and determining you have a life-threatening issue (that wasn’t life threatening for the 11 hours you sat languishing in pain in the ER waiting room)… You are then sent for an over-abundance of scans and x-rays all by people with no compassion in their bedside manner (and in this example no training or competence on a dangerous x-ray device requiring double the x-rays being taken to correct their errors)… all in the name of CYA for the hospital. Then you’ll get better with help from outside doctors and will be billed for a fat amount by the hospital for their “award winning” service.

    Or feel free to pick this other example, where you make a visit to the ER at PWH for a 4 hour wait before you are seen (you have a blockage in your wind-pipe from a foreign object), but you are finally seen by a non-doctor who tells you it would be a “bother and an inconvenience to page the doctors to come in (and actually do their job)” and you are sent away from the hospital WITH NO TREATMENT, for which you are given a bill 30 days later for hundreds of dollars (for 0 treatment - you were not even seen by a doctor).

    PWH sucks, period. Katie RN, if you think otherwise, that’s your ego and the collective ego of the PWH staff at work there. I hope the buyout is a big success and creates an improvement in the service and competence of PWH, even if it’s at the cost of diversity training and sweeping changes within the hospital’s policy and staff…

    I offer up this opinion after a seven year record of horrible service over 1 in-patient surgery, 1 out-patient surgery, 4 ER visits for serious issues, and a half-dozen other hospital interactions, all at PWH.

  36. Robert They said on 13 Oct 2009 at 12:35 am:
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    Novant, is a machine. it will eat you, your lunch and leave you drifting. If you buy into the heirarchy, you can then eat others.
    It uses buzzwords and pc think to galvanize it’s audience….until it is dissolved..it will continue to eat, multiply and destroy.

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