Surgeon: Budget, staffing cuts make UofL hospital unsafe

0
80
Health Care
Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – A leading University of Louisville surgeon says staffing cuts by KentuckyOne health at U of L Hospital have made it “unsafe” for the care of seriously ill and injured patients.
The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1PiCGFg) that in an email to the university’s top health officials, Dr. J. David Richardson, vice chair of surgery, says the hospital has “never been worse.”
Richardson says the hospital is poorly staffed at night, resulting in emergency room crowding. The Intensive Care Unit, he says, is understaffed as well. Furthermore, Richardson says it’s “virtually impossible” to do clinic research in the hospital.
He says the only solution is to cut ties with KentuckyOne Health, which took over hospital management in 2013 and laid off several employees shortly thereafter.
KentuckyOne responded in a statement that UHL is an “excellent hospital,” and that it’s committed to continuing the partnership.

Statement from KentuckyOne Health:

- Advertisement -

KentuckyOne Health believes that ULH is safe and delivering quality care to this community. Together with CHI we are committed to the ongoing partnership and investment with UofL to advance the high quality patient care that continues at University of Louisville Hospital. We share the University’s desire to ensure this partnership, collaboration, and investment is directed to the critical needs of ULH, including ensuring nursing and support staff levels are sufficient to provide patients with the bedside care they need and deserve. ULH is an excellent hospital with a dedicated and talented team of professionals that is staffed to meet the patient’s needs. Our focus has always been on quality, safety and patient experience.

KentuckyOne Health believes that ULH is safe and delivering quality care to this community. Together with CHI we are committed to the ongoing partnership and investment with UofL to advance the high quality patient care that continues at University of Louisville Hospital. We share the University’s desire to ensure this partnership, collaboration, and investment is directed to the critical needs of ULH, including ensuring nursing and support staff levels are sufficient to provide patients with the bedside care they need and deserve. ULH is an excellent hospital with a dedicated and talented team of professionals that is staffed to meet the patient’s needs. Our focus has always been on quality, safety and patient experience.

Our partnership consistently demonstrates results. The focus and investment on quality and safety is generating positive trends on key performance measures, particularly in comparison with other academic medical centers nationwide. In academic research, CHI recently supported the three-fold expansion of UofL’s cancer research biorepository which will aid UofL researchers and physicians. These actions, and many more, have demonstrated our commitment to UofL and ULH.

As a matter of privacy for all personnel, KentuckyOne Health cannot comment on the reason any given employee may resign, however it is important to correct there is no effort to make a $10 million cut in spending at ULH. We recognize Ken Marshall’s extensive contributions to ULH and the community. Following Ken’s decision, UofL and KentuckyOne Health will now work together to identify a new leader who will build on Ken’s efforts in safety, quality, employee engagement, and innovation.