St. Joe's Nurses React to Closing

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

"I am very saddened by it, this is like my home place, it makes me teary to talk about it," says recovery room nurse Connie Rawson, who has been with St. Joe's Hospital for 31 years. "I never thought in all my years that I worked here that I would see this happen and everyone's fearful."

It's been a mix of emotions for the nurses at St. Joe's as they prepare for the next chapter.

"I'm not concerned at all, it takes X amount of people to take care of an X amount of patient population, so whether you do it in two buildings or one building you still need the same amount of staff to do it," says ICU staff nurse Derrick Rost.

Cardiovascular ICU nurse Brandy Anderson hasn't thought about what St. Joe's closing means to her career and says she doesn't want to. In the meantime, she's going strong taking care of her open heart patients but is concerned about the future of the program.

"We're just concerned with the fact of whether this heart program will continue and whether it will be as important to them as it is to us here at this hospital," Anderson says.

With such an unstable economy, Rawson says everyone is fearful whether they're going to have a job once the consolidation is complete. She calls it a sad situation that's hit the staff hard.

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  • by St Joe Location: Vienna on Aug 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    I work @ St Joe and I agree with PKG Joe's comment about unionizing. Why don't we rise up together and protect each other's best interest?
  • by PKB Joe Location: Vienna on Aug 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    If I were the staff at St Joe's & CC I would Unionize! This is the only way to protect yourself from that ruthless leadership group. They fear this more than any knows and this will protect everyone from the many injustices that are on the horizon!
  • by Factchecker Location: Parkersburg on Aug 12, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    September 16,2010 visit Camden Clark . org their own web cc medical center and how they boast about what positive service they will continue to offer...
  • by Sam on Aug 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
    As a current employee of St.Joes, we are holding pateinnts for hours to be addmitted to our campus and cc campus.They dont have staff or nurses its always something.Camden put all this money into sighns and billboards stonger healther,how is this change going to make it any stronger or healther.It is sad this hospital has been here for over a centry and now they are just going to close it.Did they even think about the patients or the employees?This is hurting so many people,but Camden is coming out on top.Now there is going to be a perfectly good hospital going to waste.The community is going to pay for this big addison to Camden,when they have St.Joes they can use.This is very sad for the people that have been employed at St.Joes for years and the people that came here for years.Dont know how this is going to be stronger heathier anything for anyone!!
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      by hickXtownXwv on Aug 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to Sam
      I agree, this is not going to benefit anyone but the upper management at Camden. How is one hospital going to make us stronger and healther when we HAD 2!
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      by Spell check on Aug 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Sam
      Sam,you might want to use spell check or get a pair of glasses,not sure what your issue is.
  • by Sara Location: Parkersburg,WV on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
    It is very sad for the patients and the staff at St.joseph's hopspital.What are they going to do with all of the patients for two hospitals when they make it one?Why would they but a historic hospital with patients and staff and close it? They did not think this through,shame on the people that make this happen.You are hurting the pateints,cummunity and the staff that works there,SHAME ON YOU!!How would they feel if it were the other way around.
  • by Broken Hearted Location: parkersburg on Aug 11, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    Citizens of the midOhio valley have not been informed of what a valuable service they have right here in their community with the open heart program associated with St Joe's. The surgery side of this program allows for emergency and elective services in a non-surgical approach as well. The relative geographic isolation of this area will force cardiac patients to have to travel one to two hours to get the same level of care. Unfortunately, this could be the difference between LIFE and DEATH. I urge the citizens of this community to educate themselves about what this unorganized, rocky consolidation means to them and their loved ones health.
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      by Brad on Aug 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM in reply to Broken Hearted
      When CCMC acquired SJH they also got the open heart program. It is not going anywhere
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        by what no one realizes on Aug 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM in reply to Brad
        Brad this is not exactly true. When they close the SJH campus and move all services to CCMH they have to apply throught the state to take the program to the new building because the OR suites at CCMH are not set up for open heart. While trying to get their certificate off need to accomidate the open heart unit MMH could apply and take it from CCMH or the state of WV could say that their is not enough need for CCMH to keep open heart and close the unit. In the end it is truly up to the State of WV what the outcome of the open Heart is.
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          by hickXtownXwv on Aug 12, 2012 at 03:30 PM in reply to what no one realizes
          EXACTLY! Why are we allowing them to risk our awesome hospital and awesome open heart surgery program? This is too big of a risk, this is not something we should be playing "all or nothing" with.
  • by Bruce Location: WV on Aug 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
    I was born at St. Joe. Our son and daughter (now a nurse at St. Joe) were born there. Sad day indeed but not unexpected.
  • by what no one realizes Location: near pburg on Aug 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    As an employee of SJH what no one realizes is the fact we were told that 300 emoloyees would be taken to the memorial campus when everything is done. There is about 600 employees at St. Joe. 600-300 equals 300 jobs lost. Also while the employee interviews were going on the hospital CNO was standing there listening to what was being said. The real reaction of employees can not be voiced do to the fact that we all need our jobs. Fact is there will be many jobs lost from both campuses, many familys effected, and many patients effected.
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      by Broken Hearted on Aug 11, 2012 at 09:49 AM in reply to what no one realizes
      The nurse who commented on the televised portion of this story who said it took "x" amount to do "x" work is correct --IF (and this is a big IF) the hospitals offer the SAME services. If CCMC fools around and loses the open heart program, or worse, gets into such financial trouble that they cannot even support ONE facility, then what??? This nurse needs to think bigger than the selfishness of his own position and think about the good of this whole community.
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        by what no one else realizes on Aug 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to Broken Hearted
        I agree and as an employee of CCMC I am afraid to say with wanting to build on to ccmh again I'm sure the hospital will be in very bad financial condition. It is time to get some new upper management and hopefully the hospital can be saved and provide good healthcare for the community. CCMC is going to end up loosing the Open Hearth Program and many other services from its mis management.
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        by hickXtownXwv on Aug 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM in reply to Broken Hearted
        It does not take "X" amount of nurses at Camden, its more like 1 nurse to 10-15 patients. I wish it was a better ratio, but it's not.
  • by karen Location: parkersburg on Aug 10, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    This is a very bad decision for our community. And it really comes as no surprise to many. Contrary to popular belief, we are not just stupid, hillbilly West Virginians. We have seen through the planned take over by CCMH from the start. Their intention has always been to overwork a skeleton staff and place budget priority on technology, buildins and equipment. Straining staff and sub-standard patient care are the payoff to make CCMH appear to be an urban hi-tech facility. And as far as transferring staff to the CCMH facility, that is far from a reality. Of course some staff will be transferred, but by far the majority will be dismissed or will have to resort to re-locating. What will all of this do to our local economy? Higher unemployment, substandard patient care, and a limited option for medical treatment. Wake up, people. CCMH is only in this for the money. People do not count to them at all. What a very sad day for our area.
  • by Stephanie Location: MineralWells on Aug 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    I'd rather go to Kincaids than either one of these hospitals! INCOMPETENT DOCTORS! Especially E.R Doctors !!
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