Parkland Hospital Board Votes To Withhold Perks

DALLAS (AP) – Parkland Memorial Hospital’s board has voted to withhold perks from managers as it struggles to address patient-care deficiencies that threatened its federal funding.

Officials hope the move could save as much as $8 million.

Rank-and-file hospital employees may still qualify for annual merit increases ranging from 2 percent to 4 percent, at the discretion of their supervisors. However, some top managers will be excluded from those pay increases, including those who work in emergency and psychiatric care, nursing, regulatory compliance and infection control.

Parkland can avert a cutoff of Medicare and Medicaid by signing an agreement with regulators by the end of next week, allowing outside consultants to oversee mandated improvements.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • NiteNurse

    I think that is fair punishment for the problems they have had at the hospital. I would probably do a through review of all the higher ups and put them on a 6 month probation. If things don’t improve at the hospital then do a clean up of all positions.

  • Angie Rodriguez

    I am a nurse at local County hospital for over three years and I have a better idea. Stop writing and filling all the prescriptions for pain medications that are helping to bankrupt the county hospital, supply the addicts and covert black market for local addiction and corresponding crime, child abuse, homicides, holdups, car jackings, domestic violence, mental health problems, suicide…

    • R Lane

      lol..YES Angie but, that would first take dropping the DENIAL of how big and how bad (extensive) the problem really is. Don’t look for it.

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  • Mary McKeown

    I think the editors or reporter(s) meant “excluded” rather than “included” in the fourth sentence. Interesting story. Does anyone agree? Or did I misread it? Thanks.

  • MedTech

    Most DFW (and US) medical-hospital personnel realize how extensive the problem is related to addiction and subsequent social problems and county hospital visits but few have the guts to stand up and denounce or spotlight it.
    It’s going to take formal Federal and AMA incentives, pressure, etc to even make a dent in unnecessary opiate “coverage.”
    The problem lies in the reality that pain is subjective, and physicians rely on patient disclosure-testimony as to how bad their pain is… should I write a script or not?
    Also, there always massive resistance to change, especially when that change is interpendent with social engineering, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry profits, and the fact I don’t really believe that many people even want to know or care about it much. Addiction is pretty much synonymous with American culture, especially since illegal immigration and Az, Ca and Texas became saturated with a lot more dope and illegal aliens. It’s called culling the population (at taxpayer expense).

  • hmcewin

    Yes, I agree. Poorly written.

  • debbie

    I recently was at parkland for a emergancy with my son and i tell you the staff works hard the people that came thru thereand they never lost ther cool despite uglyness from the patients. during the day there was easy 200 hundred people im amazed at the work they do

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