Stuck Inside Kansas
One of the hospitals that I PRN at recently had a bit of a scare when one of the county commissioners tried to drum up support to sell this county-owned hospital to a private corporate hospital network. His argument was that the hospital, which is losing money, was too much of a burden on the tax payers, and thus it would benefit the community to sell the hospital to a big buyer. Of course there was outrage from the hospital staff and many in the community, but some felt the commissioner had a valid point.
Does this matter to me? Yes and no. I only work there PRN, so if this hospital was sold out and I lost my job it really wouldn't be a big deal, but I do have friends and former classmates who work there full time and it would be a crushing blow if they were to lose their jobs, especially in an economy where rural hospitals are closing their doors and/or are unable to make payroll. So, yes, this does concern me, even if I am fairly secure with the well being of my "full-time hospital."
Aside from the possibility of losing PRN wages, I am torn on the issue of selling to a bigger conglomerate. I feel these bigger hospital networks are geared toward bigger hospitals, and if the financial numbers of a rural hospital began to suffer, I wonder if they would close the branch down as if it were a McDonald's or a Staples. Or perhaps patient care would suffer as new management came in and cleaned house to try and run more efficiently. On the other hand, I have heard some success stories about hospitals that have made the transition from county-owned to private-owned and, while it was tough initially due to the proverbial cutting of fat, they are now run more efficiently and business is booming, all while easing the burden of the taxpayer.
I suppose it is hard to know for sure. I just try to stay focused on my patient and let the rest work itself out.