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Harrison Medical Center Loved To Death?


The more educated the patient becomes in their disease and treatment, usually the fewer panicked runs to the emergency room and a huge savings in future medical and hospital costs.

One example is the oximeter, a great tool for lung patients. Using it, patients learn for themselves how pursed lip breathing can bring their blood oxygen levels up.

It is not enough to tell a patient…show him or her.

Rachael Pritchett wrote a not-surprising article:

“The Cost Of Care
Tom Kruse, Harrison’s vice president of strategy and business development, points to stalled plans to enlarge Harrison’s Silverdale campus. The hospital recently announced plans to cut staff and close its behavioral health unit.
The big-picture solution is to fix a health-care delivery system that Kruse said is “fundamentally broken.”…
Rather than universal health care, Kruse said a system that replaces the current one should have patients who are accountable for their own health through good habits; physicians who are cost-conscious without letting quality suffer; and insurance companies that profit less.”
Absolutely make patients accountable for their own health.

First, EDUCATE patients to the likely future health consequences of (smoking) for one example. Don’t ‘tell’ them, SHOW them.

Make complacent doctors responsible for suggesting early detection testing to their patients! (Spirometry is only one one example)

I bought my own oximeter for $300 and practiced until I proved to myself I could bring my own numbers up from the basement 70’s to the safe blood/oxygen range of the 90’s attic.

By sitting very still, eating and drinking nothing and a total focus on pursued lip breathing as I watched my numbers climb from the 70’s to the low 90’s.

I wore the oximeter on a string around my neck until it trained me. These days my blood/oxygen ranges in the high 90’s.

I do know the ‘Exertion number’ play and understand it. Unfortunately, it is subjective and means different things to different people.

The oximeter is precise and proves to the patient using it that she/he CAN manage a shortness of breath situation that previously sent them to the very expensive emergency room.

Posted by familien1 on May 10, 2009 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
“… the system is broken at both ends, both for Harrison and for the people .. can’t get to a doctor except through the emergency departments.” …

Safety net for whom?

“… Harrison .
“We are the safety net for the community,” Cochrell said.”

For how long?

Harrison Medical Center is the community ‘lifeboat.’

As Harrison (lifeboat) continues to take folks aboard far beyond the weight limit of the lifeboat’s ability to stay afloat, at some point the lifeboat will sink and all aboard will drown.

Harrison might be forced to close her doors and be of no benefit to anyone.

I do not have an answer or solution…other than to say EDUCATE the patients on what they can do to best help themselves, thus making fewer panic trips to the emergency room.

I have made trips to the er in the last few years, but not for COPD. It is the subsequent medical conditions.
Nevertheless, without a community hospital, insurance is a moot point. The long term seems to be that one hospital after another will close their doors.

So. Harrison Medical Center…whatever you do, do it fast, will you?”

8 thoughts on “Harrison Medical Center Loved To Death?

  1. I wonder what the number of different “ailments” that the emergency rooms typically see each day, is?

  2. I don’t know but drunkenness must play a part in some cases.

    Usually we have long waits but not a problem since the worse off get seen in order – and we once listened to a girl scream, moan and cry for hours it seemed.

    I thought she must be dying until we listened to her cell phone conversations telling folks where she was, where she had been and what happened to her with incredible passion behind her loud and every other word swearing.

    Nothing was broken as it turned out and she didn’t need stitches but her wound was cleaned up and she and the party folks eventually left. If prizes were given out for swearing, that girl would have won it as the most creative and passionate swearing I’d ever heard in a conversation.

    A real plus is that the people staffing the er remain calm, cool and efficient even during the trying times that children are in there sick and crying…or sick and not crying. They are considerate too and friendly, popping their heads in occasionally to see that everything is okay.

    The er folks are a breed apart – to do what they do with precision and speed…and no wasted motion.. We’re pretty lucky to have Harrison Medical Center in our community.

    Thanks for asking and sorry I took so long to say “I don’t know.”

  3. Just read this blog. It was interesting to see today on the news a Boston Hospital that needed to lay off 600 people, but due to the staff and administration ended up laying off only 70 or so. HMC completely closed the Behavioral Health Unit and laying off 70 more people. I have seen very little information on how the Behavioral Health Unit closure will affect our community. So far I guess it is just an apathetic shrug of the shoulder. I figure the ER’s business will increase as will the waiting times. It is interesting to see what a 7 or 10 million dollar loss in HMC income which caused lay offs will compare to the many millions (close to 100) spent on the Bremerton Marina, BUTT, and condo’s. Anyone think our elected officials are not really on track with reality? Yes, yes, I know it is a different pot of money. I think it is time for a different group of elected officials.
    Roger Gay
    South Kitsap

  4. I think it was Karen or BlueLight who once pointed out that “a different pot of money” originally came from the same taxpayer pocket.
    The marina was a stroke of genius – and I accept the condos along with everything else in downtown Bremerton… as beautiful signs she is coming back to life again.

    Roger, I’m not sure what the Harrison Medical Center’s “Behavioral Health Unit” does, or did. What was/is its purpose? Maybe it wasn’t well utilized and so they chose to close the department.
    I’d also like to know the answer to how the closure will affect our community… who can tell us?

    “Apathetic shrug” doesn’t sound like you – over anything.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Roger.
    If a Boston Hospital can so dramatically reduce their lay-offs, HMC can and will do the same. Harrison is run by some really good people.

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