Deborah Hospital Foundation

Rating: 4.14 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 20 Pine Mill Road Browns Mills NJ 08015 USA

Mission: In partnership with DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, founded in 1922, DEBORAH Hospital Foundation, established in 1974, continues to heighten awareness of the name of DEBORAH

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Mary Ann deGorgue and I was a patient at Deborah in July of 2012. I had aortic valve replacement surgery and also a pacemaker implanted. The care I received from the doctors and nurses was beyond anything I have ever experienced in a hospital of any kind. I'm 70 years old, had two children and numerous orthopedic problem, most requiring surgery. I love Deborah!! My cardiovascular surgeon was the best as was my cardiologist and the hospitalist. They are all wonderful and I would not even consider going anywhere else, not even for a second opinion. It's been a little over a year since Deborah saved my life. I feel wonderful and will be eternally grateful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Sorry, but I can't think of one thing I would change.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

Ask any long-term employee about a 3 million dollar "disappearance" of foundation funds occurring years ago. The administrator was escorted from the building, but no charges were filed due to keeping the matter hush-hush. Also check out his previous foundation president on the consumer affairs site under accountant where they were revoked prior becoming the foundation president. This is what the foundation and hospital is all about. Use the internet and learn.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't say it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been at Deborah on two occsions, once for a second opinion--Deborah was extremely helpful, but my local cardiologist had not sent all of the requested information ,which made it more difficult for the doctor at Deborah to give a full evaluation. On the second occasion I went for a periodic workup and found the hospital to be most amazing--the cleanliness, friendliness and timeliness with which they performed the procdeures that were scheduled. It was actually a pleasure to be there.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

THIS IS TO BE A VERY NEGATIVE REVIEW OF DEBORAH HEART AND LUNG CENTER...I HAVE WRITTEN MANY NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS FACILITY OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS...I HAVE JUST FOUND THIS SITE AND IT IS QUITE INTERACTIVE...IF THIS REVIEW GETS PUBLISHED I EXPECT TO BE SUBJECTED TO SOME CONTROVERCY...I HOPE THAT I AM NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A CASSANDRA...I HAVE ACQUIRED MUCH INFO ON DEBORAH AND WILL SHARE SOME OF MY KNOWLEDGE WITH YOU...............MY MOTHER DIED ON THE OPERATING ROOM TABLE AT DEBORAH UNDER VERY QUESTIONABLE CIRCUMSTANCES ACCORDING TO THE NEW JERSEY SENIOR HEALTH INVESTIGATORS...WHEN I CALLED THE ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM THEM OF MY FINDINGS...AN ASSISTANT TO THE ADMINISTRATOR SAID TO ME,"WE HAVE HEARD OF YOU...YOU ARE THE GRIEVING SON...YOU SHOULD TALK TO OUR ATTORNEYS"...THERE IS TOO MUCH TO ENCODE TO THE READER IN THIS VENUE...JUST BE ACUTELY AWARE THAT ALL IS NOT NECESSARILY WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE AT THIS HEART CARE CENTER...BTW...I DISCOVERED MUCH LATER THAT THIS ASSISTANT WAS MARRIED TO THE ADMINISTRATOR...ALSO, THE REVIEW OF DEBORAH BY THE NJ SENIOR HEALTH INVESTIGATORS SUGGESTED THAT MY MOTHER'S DEATH WAS THE MOST EGREGIOUS INFORMED CONSENT VIOLATION THAT THEY HAD EVER INVESTIGATED AND THAT THIS VIOLATION WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE MURDER OF MY MOTHER...I HAVE NOT "ENJOYED" ANY PEACE OR JUSTICE IN THIS CASE DUE TO NEW JERSEY LEGALITIES CONCERNING THE WORTH OF SOMEONE IN RELATION TO THEIR AGE...MEANING THAT IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO HIRE A LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT THE ESTATE OF MY MOTHER BECAUSE NJ LAW DOES NOT ALLOW AN ADEQUATE MONETARY VALUE TO BE PLACED ON THE LIFE OF A 75 YEAR OLD WOMAN AS THE RULES IN SAY PENNSYLVANIA WOULD HAVE ALLOWED... THE HEAD OPERATING ROOM SURGEON IS NOW OPERATING SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS I BELIEVE...HE DENIED DURING HIS DEPOSITION THAT HE HAD TOLD ME AND MY AUNT JUST AFTER MOM'S DEATH THAT HE KNEW TWO WEEKS BEFORE HER SURGERY THAT SHE WOULD NOT SURVIVE THE OPERATION IF HE ATTEMPTED TO REPLACE HER MITRAL VALVE...OBVIOUSLY WE WERE NOT TOLD THIS VERY GRIM NEWS AT ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE SURGERY...THERE IS NOT A SNOWBALLS CHANCE IN HADES THAT WE WOULD EVER HAVE AGREED TO THIS SURGERY...ALSO...I LOCATED AN OPERATING ROOM NURSE WHO HAD WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH THIS SURGEON...I COMMUNICATED WITH HER VIA HER SISTER SINCE SHE WAS IN SOME FEAR OF BEING BLACKLISTED BY THE HOSPITAL ESTABLISHMENT...THE MOST PERTINENT INFORMATION GLEANED FROM HER WAS THAT SHE HAD TERMINATED HER EMPLOYMENT AT DEBORAH BECAUSE THIS DOCTOR ANDERSON (IN CASE YOU HAD NOT GUESSED HIS NAME)...WAS "EXPERIMENTING" ON OLDER PATIENTS...YOU REALLY CANNOT MAKE THESE THINGS UP...I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO PUBLISH ON DEBORAH'S SITE BUT SOMEHOW IT IS NOT BEING ALLOWED BY THE SITE MANAGER AT DEBORAH...I WONDER WHY...MUCH MORE TO TELL BUT I WILL STOP NOW...THANK YOU FOR READING THIS NARRATIVE...DOUGLAS E.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the best hospitals I have ever seen. People are so kind and caring. It is like one big family. It is amazing how much high tech stuff is at Deborah. Truly an amazing hospital.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ways the hospital touches so many lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money so it could help more people.

Rating: 1 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer I have observed that there is a lot of waste at Deborah and supervisors who really are not qualified to hold that position, or they are afraid to "supervise". Employees who make their own hours and come and go as they please. They may work an 8 hour day, but they don't give Deborah 8 hours of work. Too many coffee breaks and the smoke breaks for unbelievable. Applying for a job at Deborah is another joke. The person in charge of interviewing you is so busy trying to break into another career that too much time is wasted between applying for the job and getting the job. Administration is well-paid, and knowing that Deborah is struggling to stay above water, they, too, should have taken large pay cuts--instead, they eliminate jobs, reduce staff, cut back on cleaning the place to save money, as a means of saving money. The people they hurt were to lower salaried people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

These results have been experience by me and by friends I associate with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get someone in there who is willing to open his/her eyes and clean house from top to bottom by getting rid of dead wood! Unionize the place for the employees protection, so seniority counts. Educate the doctors/nurses in people skills.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping others Meeting nice people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open all floors and become a neighborhood hospital

Ways to make it better...

There was fairness for all employees The all people would give an honest days work for an honest days pay Management would be honest with the employees

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having an Emergency Room that gives the impression that it is connected to Deborah Heart and Lung with the same mission statement, when in reality it is separate and apart, and WILL charge patients for their services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The mission statement of Deborah is idealistic, but we no longer live in those times, and the Board of Directors should re-examine it. New blood is needed, and no offense to the older generation, but, Deborah needs a younger management team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I cannot believe that this is happening at Deborah, a hospital that had a great reputation. I hope that "overjoyed" is right, and this is all malicious gossip, but see no counter arguments with facts or numbers to refute the posts seen here. The mere fact that the current CEO has been there 40 years doesnt mean that he should keep his job if the place is failing. And he should take an 80% cut in salary as proposed in one of these posts, and give up this outrageous retirement package, for his failure to lead and save the place financially. After all this is a not for profit hospital, and all of administration appears to be grossly overpaid. Besides, if the place is doing well why is the CEO retiring so early, in December of this year? Looks like he is bailing out early with a golden parachute, as the place goes down in flames. Several posts by employees working in the hospital now have mentioned the medically unnecessary procedures being performed to put in pacemakers and stents, with the knowledge and blessing of the chief of surgery and the CEO. It also seems that the head of the pacemaker department has been reported to the Federal Government for this. This exposes the hospital to fines and lawsuits. Is anyone from the Administration going to answer these charges on a point by point basis and refute these posts with facts? We don't need nostalgic stories of how the Center was founded 80 years ago, or how long these overpaid failures in the administration like the CEO and VPMA have given service to the hospital. Their continued existence there as this hospital fails is certainly a disservice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ive read all of these posts. There are so many, saying the same things, that this must be the truth. The hospital has been destroyed by this CEO and Chief of Surgery/VPMA. Fraud is being committed by the Chiefs of Electrophysiology and Cath lab.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 1 stars  

36 people found this review helpful

Since she has posted a phone number to answer the critics, perhaps the director of public relations, Donna McArdle, can answer one question that's come up around the hospital this week: Is it true that John Ernst, the CEO of the hospital, is getting a retirement "bonus" as part of his contract, of $600,000/year for an undisclosed number of years to serve as an outside "consultant" for Deborah from his retiree home in Florida, after December 31, 2010? So, this person who was responsible for bringing the place to its current financial mess, will continue to collect huge sums of money to "guide" the place, after he has retired and left? Next question: Is this hospital Board both blind and retarded, to allow this to happen, when the place is in deep financial trouble, with a total debt estimated at $40-50 million?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its ride to destruction. This latest news is just incredible!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Rating: 1 stars  

27 people found this review helpful

Well this last post by "dhlc-observer" seals it for many of us who are donors. The level of detail provided, the sources cited, and the specifics of the factual general narrative, makes me guess that this person was once working high up in the organization, and was likely dismissed for his/her 'no-nonsense' approach to management;his/her philosophy most certainly did not include paying such outrageously high salaries to the administrators of a NON-PROFIT organization like Deborah. We now have a fair idea of where OUR money has gone. It has been swallowed up to maintain a vision-less and fraudulent CEO and VPMA who are focused only on maintaining their high salaries. They have been enabled in this by a spineless and mindless Board, that has not provided much needed oversight these past 10 years. I do not think that this Donna McArdle has adequate answers to cover the sordid facts of this last, most damning post. She has waded too far into very murky waters. I hope she is asking her handlers as to what to say next. They seem desperately in need of a strategy now.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing these posts. Horrible. Just horrible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

35 people found this review helpful

I have been through a similar situation at my previous hospital in NYC that was a 100+ year old charity system. It is the same pattern over and over again. I cannot tell for sure what is happening at Deborah but it is walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, what do you think it is? The board is in the pocket of the administration. They don't have access to actual facts, just what the administration chooses to tell them. They are either pleasantly demented, too trusting,or they are in bed with the administration. I don't know what is worse. Some members at the top of the administration are in this for the $$$. They give themselves huge salaries and bonuses, and use oppressive tactics to silence and intimidate their employees, if they ever to speak the truth. The honest employees who care for the place get booted out, no crime necessary, and off with their heads. Administration keeps hiring outside consultants who suck the blood out of the organization, while administration fishes for and only accepts what suits their agenda, which is the stuff their own pockets full till the last heartbeat. No pun intended. This sounds awfully like campaign contributions. You pat my back, Ill be nice to you later. Sounds familiar? I believe Medicare's fraud investigators need to be notified and the truth will come out. This way may be Deborah will come back to life, true again to its mission and the nice honest people can stay. Deborah is a 5 star hospital that deserves a 5 star administration. Simple as that. Giving out your phone number needs to be matched with telling the truth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have interacted with hospital staff and physicians who work there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Investigate the CEO , VPMA , clean up the fraud and start all over again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The many honest and extremely skilled doctors, nurses, PAs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind honest and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get sucked dry by the administration again.

Ways to make it better...

The minority who commit fraud should be eliminated and sent to prison. Let the honest people speak and work in peace.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The administration is driving this place to hell. Call Medicare fraud.

One thing I'd also say is that...

A serious investigation for fraud and abuse needs to start right away.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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