HMC came a long way with there reputation for it to fall apart again. Some of the comments here hit the nail on the head....THE MANAGEMENT is the issue. It all began to fall apart when Charles Stewart entered the picture. I am not sure how the board can sit back and let this man continue to let this hospital dwindle to nothing. Poor decisions... sending staff to the rooms of the sick patients to collect their out of pocket $$, outrageous amount on unnecessary renovations, pouring out tons of $$ for unqualified consultants ( so called consultants that are friends of upper mgt). He has ran off the hospitals admitting doctors (Bosshardt and Wilson and MANY others) They have sold their Home Health (haven't seen that in the news), got rid of their ambulance services, closed the Doctor's offices in Rossville, what else? It is SAD. The fastest growing county in the state of GA has the hospital that falls easier than a house of cards!
The economy is not the issue here! The economy has an effect on elective procedures, that should have some effect on a hospital but to go from a full house to average of 42 patients, I would bet the other 156 empty beds are not empty due to people not choosing to have elective surgeries but making the choice not to go to Hutcheson due to poor management. People are choosing to have better care from a hospital that can keep qualified specialist and other doctors on staff and treat their patients with respect and honesty.
There, I said it. I feel better!