Who the heck is going to take care of me the next time I go to the hospital?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in The LFT Blog | Comments Off on Who the heck is going to take care of me the next time I go to the hospital?

A couple of weeks ago, we sent out roughly 12,000 survey requests for our first national survey of people who work at hospitals. It is part of our effort to continue to get better at understanding what people are concerned about or looking for in their health care careers. After all, it’s our job to know the candidates, right?

Many of you received and completed the survey, so I wanted to make sure to say thanks for helping out. We have 850+ completed survey responses to date, with more still trickling in. Our survey focused on C-suite, clinical administration, non-clinical administration, physicians, and nurses. As always, there were a few snide remarks – comes with the territory – but, on the whole, people were super helpful, and I want you all to know that we really appreciate that. I suspect that in about two or three weeks we should have all the completed surveys in, the data formatted, and the results ready to release. Of course, anyone who completes the survey has access to the full report. We will be figuring out the logistics for how to best accommodate that. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if you would like to see the resulting report.

I can say this with all candor. You will find the survey results both intriguing and troublesome. They raised some serious red flags for the future health care delivery. I guess I could summarize it in one simple comment. Who the heck is going to take care of me the next time I go to the hospital? (I’m not sure “heck” was my first choice of words as I looked at some astonishing numbers). There is a lot of knowledge and experience in this industry concentrated in the hands of a small percentage of people, most of whom, it turns out, don’t plan to be at their current organization within a few short years. This is going to create some real problems with staffing and the continuity of quality care at hospitals and other health care delivery venues.

So more to come…

In the meantime, call us if we can help.

Bill

P.S. Congratulations to random winners, Robert Wasserman, John Henry, Jr., and Margurite McLennan, as well as to Donna Hale, the first to respond winner, of Amazon Gift Cards for participating in our survey.

P.S.S. We have an unusual search request that I wanted to throw out there. A GI physician who is a partner in a very busy, highly successful private practice that serves a suburban academic Boston medical center is looking to share his job – split it right down the middle so that he can have the time to enjoy other aspects of life. We have never had this request before, but would certainly like to help him as many of us likely understand the attraction of such a structure. Please let us know if you know of anyone. Very unique opportunity.