As a former employee of Erlanger, I personally have no respect for the administration of this facility. It is,as paying attention states, "a very poorly run hospital". I feel that the pay and benefits that have been received by Brexler prior to his leaving are far and above what he has warrented as CEO. The hospital has continually suffered in that the employees are overworked, underpaid, and disrespected. On the other hand, I know that when I am in need of medical care for myself or a family member, I still chose to be treated by the folks who continually give from their hearts and souls to care for their patients at Erlanger. After spending 6 years as an employee with 2 years as part of the infection control committee, I also understand that there is NOT an issue with infection rates at the hospital. In the last 5 years, my mother has had 2 spine surgeries, and a total knee joint, my father has had 7 orthopaedic surgeries, as well as numerous other hospitalizations at Erlanger. The outcome of their stays there have always been positive. I myself spent 10 days as an inpatient and as an RN, could not say I would have asked anymore from my caretakers, as all my needs were met or exceeded. I do consider Erlanger as the only option for hospitalization.
Our community needs Erlanger to care for those who are unable to afford health-care any other way. My family is privately insured, and I do understand that without the paying patients at Erlanger, it can no longer function, and many people in our community will have no health care. The change that is needed at Erlanger does not begin with the employees who are on the floor taking care of the patients, but should begin at the top. Jim Brexler should be happy with the bounty he has already TAKEN from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and move on... Naming Charlsetta Thompson as the interim as CEO is a step in the right direction. It is time to evaluate where the money is going and cut back...stop worrying about what the employees are wearing in to work before they change into their scrubs, and start looking at the administration shortcomings..