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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I am a person with a name, Donna McArdle, and a phone number, 609-893-1200 ext. 5845. I am not afraid to publicly post my opinions and I welcome calls about all these allegations. I am sickened by all these malicious anonymous posts. I am very thankful that there was no internet when Ms. Shapiro founded this hospital. With a NIMBY attitude she had a hard time finding a town that would let TB patients recuperate. I can imagine what the chat room would have been like then. I am also thankful there was no internet around during the Depression when Clara Franks and her staff had to avoid the milkman because they couldn't pay the bill and the hospital was nearly foreclosed on because they couldn't make the mortgage. What a field day Deborah detractors would have had then! Deborah has done an admirable job of caring for thousands of patients over the years, and if people have built careers and made a living along the way, that is a good thing. There are more pressing problems facing the hospital today than nasty posts from disgruntled former associates, including a stagnant employment market which each day leaves more people without health insurance as they lose jobs and time-out on COBRA benefits, and federal and state governments that have no monies for health care. Deborah continues to deliver as one of NJ's 17 licensed cardiac centers, day after day. Major companies, with astute savvy to analyze Foundation financials, continue to fund the hospital. It is an institution many people are proud of. I do not doubt that these comments will fuel another bout of malicious hate posted. I am thankful that in America we have the freedom of choice. Choice for you to pick your hospital and Foundation, and choice for me not to enter a negative internet site. Deborah is a wonderful hospital and a great community asset.
I have worked at Deborah for over 20 years, and as great a place it is, Deborah has unfortunately had three chiefs of cardiology in the last five years. Such turnover in department chairs is uncustomary even for Deborah, but like anything in life there is an explanation. The last chief of cardiology left this year to return to practice in California, his home state and that of his family. Two years ago, our chief of cardiology at that time took another position in the southern part of our country. It has been common practice at Deborah to not hold physicians back from any position that they may perceive as a great opportunity in their career. And lastly, the prior chief had to depart in 2005 when it was discovered that he was performing patient procedures that, quite frankly, he was not good at. Deborah did what it always does in a situation that may be harmful to a patient, and that is, to make the State Department of Health aware of any shortcoming physicians appear to have. While it is doubtful that any harm came to any patient at Deborah, safety is always first and the matter is in the hands, as it should be, of the Department of Health. Although this cardiologist, after leaving Deborah in 2005, joined a physician group in Mt. Laurel, he now only provides patient services that the State of New Jersey will allow. So when you hear there is excessive turnover at Deborah, you need to know their mantra ~ "Patient Safety First."
Read more carefully. USNWR data was from 2006-2008. State Report Card Data was from 2007. Same timeline. USNWR data was incomplete: "mortality reported for certain selected admission diagnoses" It was more a patient satisfaction survey. What patient isnt happy exceeding length of stay in a hospital? But those satisfaction numbers should give Deborah satisfaction. I think state data more complete and accurate.
Hum...what should I weigh more heavily...state data that is 3 years old or federal data that is current...? I'll stick with the current stats.