Surgeon: Budget, staffing cuts make UofL hospital unsafe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – 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.”

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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.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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