Roseland Hospital needs help saving itself

Roseland Hospital in Chicago is caught in the middle of a tough economy.  Just this week, more than 60 pink slips were  handed out.  That’s about 13 percent of its staff.

The hospital  is now pleading with the state for an additional $7 million dollars in funding.  It is the only hospital within an 8 mile radius in an area that has seen its fair share of violence lately.  It’s not a trauma center but last year 35 shooting victims went to Roseland first, then trauma centers.

Roseland has had some management issues in the past which is what the state says it’s concerned about.  The hospital brought down its debt recently from $9 million to $4 million, but with more than 40 percent of its patients uninsured, they are simply taking baby steps in fixing the problem.

The governor’s office released a statement saying, “The Governor is concerned about Roseland’s financial viability. The hospital plays a vital role as an anchor for the community. That’s why upon learning of the hospital’s problems, he immediately directed senior staff to lead discussions with Roseland executives and community leaders several weeks ago to explore how the state, city and federal governments can partner to help Roseland adapt to today’s changing health care landscape.”

The governor’s office says it wants to make sure Roseland has a long term plan.  They are waiting for paperwork from the hospital outlining that plan but so far they say that has not happened.

In the meantime, the clock is ticking which could lead to more layoffs in the future.

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4 comments

  • Anonymous

    As a former employee with a host of experience (prior to Roseland), I can confidently suggest that while the patient population consist of majority uninsured it is absolutely not the reason behind its current struggle… Many of the contributing factors can be directed at poor management, mis-appropriation of funds, and most importantly poor quality of patient services/care. The biggest problem for the hospital is that because of the aforementioned, residents within the community young and old both feel and boldly state that they will travel the extra miles to receive "quality" care elsewhere, which explains the very low patient census that the hospital experiences on a consistent and ongoing basis. Residents/patients regularly opt out of visiting unless they're brought in as a 'gun shot' victim or some other last ditch very spontaneous short term effort until they can be transferred elsewhere. Much at Roseland should be thoroughly investigated, and surely I can again say with confidence that the "real" issues will come to surface….

  • Anonymous Rex

    Roseland Hospital has been run more like a social club than as a business. All current administration at the VP level and above should be gone. Corruption, nepotism and favoritism drive and rule the way the place is run. Consultants have made a KILLING as the innocent employees and residents suffer. Governor, all administration must go including HR.

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