Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I don't know what to say, I'm so upset.

I came into work today to find that three of my friends had nearly been killed when a car full of shot up young people crashed at Highland Hospital, according to the Tribune, probable victims of gang violence. I then was threatened by a group of six young men going up in the elevator to visit a “friend.” When I left the hospital at lunch there were four sheriff’s cars in front of the hospital, they had been called in to break up fights in the lobby.

All day the nursing floors of the hospitals were overrun with “friends” of the victims. I called Mr. Watts, the COO, he was in a meeting and his assistant didn’t know who was in charge. It wasn’t until the security, the sheriffs, and the Board of Supervisors had received dozen of complaints that we began to see security on the nursing floors and an attempt to limit visitors.

After five pm when I was leaving the hospital I saw a fight erupting in the lobby and had to go get security. More “friends” of the victims were parked in cars in the entrance to the hospital and still more were driving around the hospital.

I have worked at Highland for almost twelve years, I have seen a great deal of this kind of violence, but I have never witnessed such a complete failure of leadership and security. No administrator even came around to assess the situation much less manage it.

There are simple measures that can be taken to insure the safety of our patients and staff, since the Oakland Police Department feels this could be gang violence, maybe some executive could be torn away from an important meeting to work with staff on a plan to make sure that Highland does not become a crime scene.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once again payroll has messed up again!!!!Why are the direct deposits reversed for a 2nd time!!!This is unbelieveable!! I have never worked for such an incompenent hospital, with incompenent payroll employees!!! You never mess w/people's livelyhoods, especially our money!!!I know I work damn hard for my money!! Let's all get together and stop direct deposits, until payroll can do it right!!!!!I wonder if their monies are also being taken away twice with overdraft fees to accompany them!!!!IT IS SO OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!very upset Highland employee!!!!!!

Eileen berkun said...

Well, combine that lack of leadership with the excellent response by staff that Dr. Victorino and Susan Spoelma are raving about, the conclusion is obvious: ACMC employees should be running the Medical Center.

PS: apologies to Elvis the cat; some time ago I suggested he might be working for Cambio, becasue he was hiding and not giving information. In my eagerness to make a crack about Cambio, I forgot I was slandering an innocent animal. I love cats, I would never deliberatly insult one by comparing them to consultants.

Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting that all these supposely experience new executive team hired by Cambio could not figure out how to maintain a safe work environment for patients and staff members. Maybe they should have used the same techniques as they did for August 30, 2004 work action. Lock the parking lot, Lock the doors and have an abundance of Deputy Sheriff's to protect the institution from harm, and oh yes lets change the locks and combination to all areas.
It mays you wonder,who do they fear most, staff or visitors? My vote is that they fear staff, let their be fights in the hospital, let their be violence by opposing gang members.
In seriousness, it is sad when the current executive team lack insight, leadership and vision to prevent and control harm to all while on duty or here as a patient. One thing I can stay about the past leadership, this would have never happen and control would have been initiated immediately. Maybe we are spending too much money for living expense and travel back to their home state, that they can not recognize potential harm when it becomes a reality. As a trauma center we have had potential episodes of this nature in the past, oh that's right they do not have a past history here at ACMC. This episode was no different than the major drug wars of the late 80's and early 90's.
I hope in the future this new executive team has an implementation plan for these kind of situation, lord knows they currently do no have one for the propose lay off's.
Last but not least, it is sad that no one knew how to get in contact with the CEO or COO. Regardless what meeting they were in, the safety of patients and staff members should have been their first priority. Once again, I forgot, their concerns has never been about maintaining quality patient care or safety, so as staff members we can forget it. Like in the Wild West days folks, it looks like we are on own again.

Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting that all these supposely experience new executive team hired by Cambio could not figure out how to maintain a safe work environment for patients and staff members. Maybe they should have used the same techniques as they did for August 30, 2004 work action. Lock the parking lot, Lock the doors and have an abundance of Deputy Sheriff's to protect the institution from harm, and oh yes lets change the locks and combination to all areas.
It mays you wonder,who do they fear most, staff or visitors? My vote is that they fear staff, let their be fights in the hospital, let their be violence by opposing gang members.
In seriousness, it is sad when the current executive team lack insight, leadership and vision to prevent and control harm to all while on duty or here as a patient. One thing I can stay about the past leadership, this would have never happen and control would have been initiated immediately. Maybe we are spending too much money for living expense and travel back to their home state, that they can not recognize potential harm when it becomes a reality. As a trauma center we have had potential episodes of this nature in the past, oh that's right they do not have a past history here at ACMC. This episode was no different than the major drug wars of the late 80's and early 90's.
I hope in the future this new executive team has an implementation plan for these kind of situation, lord knows they currently do no have one for the propose lay off's.
Last but not least, it is sad that no one knew how to get in contact with the CEO or COO. Regardless what meeting they were in, the safety of patients and staff members should have been their first priority. Once again, I forgot, their concerns has never been about maintaining quality patient care or safety, so as staff members we can forget it. Like in the Wild West days folks, it looks like we are on own again.

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