When Dean Health says they plan to “immediately” layoff…

…they mean right freakingnow:

A Dean Health System manager
removed a nurse from a minor surgical procedure last week — in
violation of medical protocol — in order to lay her off, a spokesman
for the company confirmed Monday.

The abrupt removal, which spokesman Paul Pitas said posed no danger
to the patient, came after the Madison-based health-care provider
announced Wednesday that it planned to “immediately” lay off 90
employees.

Pitas, director of corporate communications, labeled the action
“clearly … an error in judgment on the part of the manager conducting
the layoff.” He declined to name the manager but described her as “an
otherwise good employe with more than 30 years of nursing experience
who made a regrettable decision.”

The article goes on to note that a Dean spokesperson stated the patient was “doing fine” and the doctor reported the procedure went as expected. It ends with this:

Of the layoffs, Craig Samitt, Dean Health System president said last week, “We do not feel patients will notice.”

I suppose so…if they’re under anesthesia.

4 thoughts on “When Dean Health says they plan to “immediately” layoff…

  1. The bottom line is that health care reform must be deficit neutral in the short run and deficit reducing in the long term. We have to have scoreable savings in the short term to finance additional benefits or coverage. But we must do more than that. We have to move aggressively to change the rules of the game so that we slow the growth in long term costs.

  2. Some people think the things in Dilbert cartoons can’t happen. Stories like this prove they do happen, every freakin’ day.

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