BNB13: Must Read Stories

As the Delta variant continues to surge across Florida, putting public health, healthcare workers, and our health system at their max, HCA hospital administrators spoke to members of the Florida state legislature last week in a conversation meant to address the severe staffing crisis hospitals across the state and country are experiencing.

Instead of advocating for emergency intervention and more resources, Orange Park spokeswoman Carrie Turansky, who represents HCA’s Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and Orange Park Medical Center, argued that that, because they are owned and operated by HCA Healthcare, these hospitals "are able to bring in additional [HCA] staff from outside the area to provide support for our hard-working clinicians."

The message from HCA in a forum meant to determine and allocate emergency resources seems in stark contrast to the realities patients and frontline healthcare workers report from inside HCA’s Florida hospitals, and raises the concerning question: where is HCA getting the staff from if other hospitals have used the shortage as a defense of their low staffing levels?

“The prominent South Bay hospital is losing two high-level executives. The departures come after several NBC Bay Area investigations exposing systemic violations by leadership that federal regulators said put patients in harm's way. An internal memo indicates the departures were ‘voluntary.’

After 18 months on the job, Good Samaritan Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Klaus Thaler will be stepping down from his position in October. The pending departure comes after the Investigative Unit also confirmed another executive - Associate Chief Nursing Officer Damian Gulbransen - recently left her position at Good Sam after 11 months.

A class-action, anti-trust lawsuit filed in Buncombe County Aug. 10 charges HCA Healthcare with using a monopoly on the local health care industry to charge rates much higher than the state average while quality declines.

In a statement announcing the lawsuit, lawyers representing six Western North Carolina residents who brought the suit say the complaint alleges Mission is now the most expensive hospital in the state for many procedures.

“An out-of-state corporation has used its market power to cut quality and raise prices,” says attorney Mona Lisa Wallace of Salisbury firm Wallace & Graham. “Mission Health was once the crown jewel of North Carolina's healthcare system. In filing this action, the Plaintiffs seek to have HCA live up to its promises of providing affordable health care in Western North Carolina.”

Take Action

It is time for HCA to step up and pay frontline healthcare workers a living wage. Click here to take action!