David, a reader and friend, has sent us this profound assessment of the symbiotic relationship between Huntsville and Keller Hospitals:
It should be crystal clear to everyone, Huntsville Hospital would love nothing better than to close down open heart procedures at ECM so patients could be transferred to their facility for the procedure and they are using Helen Keller Hospital's challenge to the CON to do so. A coronary artery bypass surgery is a cash cow for a hospital averaging over $60,000 for a ten day stay (that's $6000/day compared to an average cost of $2025/day for all hospital stays), and since the daily cost decreases in the days after surgery with the average daily cost at end of stay being around $1800/day, earlier discharge results in a higher daily average.
Make no mistake, Helen Keller officials don't want to downsize any new facility Regional Care wants to build, they want to stop it cold in it's tracks by any means possible. The statements of how a new facility attracting more patients proves that. With the growing trend for primary care practitioners to admit their patients to a hospitalist (physicians hired by the hospital to see inpatients) it is becoming easier to give patients a choice where two or more hospitals in the area utilize hopitalist physicians. And who wouldn't want to be admitted to a brand new hospital for treatment?
Hot Wheelz? Definitely hot and definitely an asset to the community:
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