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Broadlands Hospital

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by joy, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    There's an old adage about email....don't send anyrthing you do not want the whole world to see. If a public officail sends an email about an issue they voted on, then it's fair game.
     
  2. msflynn

    msflynn New Member

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    This was just sent to the local papers by the Leesburg, Sterling and Broadlands residents for BRMC
    [FONT=&quot]Dear Editor,[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We are very concerned that the recent denial of BRMC will have a detrimental effect on healthcare services in Loudoun County for years to come. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered to provide an unbiased professional opinion on the merits of the BRMC application. We are confident that the Board of Supervisors does not want to make a decision of this magnitude without considering all relevant information. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We urge all residents of Loudoun County to contact the Board of Supervisors and ask them to vote on February 17 to postpone a final decision on HCA for 60 days to allow the FTC time to evaluate the BRMC application and prepare written remarks for the Board to consider. A decision of this magnitude would clearly benefit from an independent agency such as the FTC that, unlike HCA or Inova, has no commercial interest in healthcare services in Loudoun County. The FTC’s mission is to protect consumers and a large part of their efforts and expertise are devoted exclusively to health-care issues. [/FONT][FONT=&quot] [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]We are not asking the Board of Supervisors to change their vote on BRMC on February 17. We are asking them to allow the FTC to submit comments and to consider those comments before casting a final vote. This application has been in the works for seven years; we will gladly wait another couple of months for an independent analysis. Residents of Loudoun County concerned with this decision should contact the Board of Supervisors both via written letters and email:[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Loudoun County Board of Supervisors[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 Harrison Street, S.E.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Fifth Floor[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]P.O. Box 7000[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Mailstop #01[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Leesburg, VA 20177-7000[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]bos@loudoun.gov[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Please ask them to allow the FTC to weigh in on this decision. Failure to consider the expert opinion of the FTC would be a failure to give a full and fair hearing to the BRMC application. [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We thank Supervisor Miller for his efforts to ensure that the Board has all the relevant information needed to make this important decision. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Sincerely,[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Broadlands Residents for BRMC[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Leesburg Residents for BRMC[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Sterling Area Residents for BRMC[/FONT]


    Staci
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  3. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Geez, even after being banned for life from this forum, Lee continues to try and cause trouble here at the congenial Broadlands Forum. He keeps linking to this site from aggressive, political "sausage making" environments like TC and the Operative.

    Can the admin get an internet restraining order against someone for stalking?
     
  4. Brassy

    Brassy Hiyah

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    Um how can you see that? I'm in the dark here.
     
  5. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Well, I visit those dark sausage making environments. I didn't think it was appropriate to link to them.
     
  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    AFGM, PM me some links to look at please and I'll see what I can do.

    Thanks.
     
  7. Buffettbassman

    Buffettbassman Troll Extrordinare'

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    You know... the public can also petition the FTC regarding Inova's business practices.

    Inova's not out of the woods, boys and girls. And they don't have a great track record with the FTC for thier business practices. Can anyone say "restraint of trade"???

    I knew you could.
     
  8. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Yes, because HCA has never had any questionable business practices, right? c'mon now =)
     
  9. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure that Reston has ZIPPY room to grow after their expansion a few years back.
     
  10. msflynn

    msflynn New Member

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    They must have some as that is where HCA just announced they will be moving the 164 beds intended for BRMC.

    Once again Loudoun county losing jobs and taxes to Fairfax.
    I really hope the BOS will at least take a few more weeks to hear what the FTC says. After 7 years a few weeks is nothing. If in their minds they really did make the right decision nothing the FTC says will change it but I would rather them have all the information before making such a big decision.

    Staci
     
  11. cmbm

    cmbm New Member

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    FYI

    Here is the email that I received from Susan Buckley. It appears that the Board of Supervisors is looking for input on what to do with the budget since they are going to have to cut jobs and raise taxes.


    February 12, 2009

    Dear neighbor,

    This week, the Board of Supervisors got its first detailed look at the county budget (details online at www.loudoun.gov/budget). The continuing economic uncertainty means that the demand for county services is increasing, even as the county’s funds are shrinking. Finding the right balance between service needs and affordability will be a tremendous challenge for all of us this year.

    The proposed principals underlying the budget protect core public safety services, health and welfare programs, while looking for efficiencies, delaying capital projects, freezing county employees’ pay, increasing employees’ health care costs and eliminating 114 full-time positions. New user fees would be added. FY10’s proposed budget is $151 million less than this year.

    In addition to the scenario with no increase in locally tax-funded spending, the Supervisors had asked the County Administrator to bring the Board a draft budget with three other options and the implications of each:
    • A 5 percent decrease from this year’s county general fund and school fund spending
    • A 10 percent decrease from this year’s county general fund and school fund spending
    • A 15 percent decrease from this year’s county general fund and school fund spending
    The School Board has directed the Superintendent to provide budget scenarios needed to meet the zero, 5, 10 and 15 percent reductions as well.

    In the “no increase” scenario, tax bills actually go down a little. The current $1.14 tax rate would go up to $1.29, but the average tax bill - which is based on lower home values - would drop an average of 3 percent.

    If the board decides it’s unavoidable to decrease spending further, more severe cuts in services would result, such as curtailing library and animal shelter hours, eliminating more programs and positions. No one wants to take that path. But that is what Supervisors are considering as we look at the economic crisis.

    How do we balance those competing needs? What programs get cut? How do the schools – which comprise 72 percent of our budget – continue to provide an excellent education with less money, even as the number of students grows? Which cuts have the least impact?

    That’s where you come in. You’ve heard me say it before, but it’s truer now than ever before. We have to work together to set spending priorities. No doubt you are feeling the economic pressure in your life, just as the county is feeling the pinch on a larger scale.

    While the county’s relatively low unemployment rate, continued job growth, diverse economy and high quality schools continue to be positive trends for the future, right now we have to make tough choices.

    I need your input to help shape next year’s budget. Please e-mail me at susan.buckley@loudoun.gov to share your thoughts. To participate in person, the following meeting schedule outlines the dates of upcoming public hearings. To reserve a speaking slot, call 703-777-0204.
    • Feb. 25: Public Hearing at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
    • Feb. 26: Public Hearing at 3:30 p.m. at the Government Center, resuming at 6:30 p.m. if needed.
    • Feb. 28: Public Hearing at 10 a.m.- noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the School Board Administration Building/Board Room.
    Together, we can make the best of a challenging situation and set priorities for our spending. Thank you for listening and being an active participant in our county government. Please feel free contact my office if there’s anything we can do to help.

    Sincerely,

    Susan Klimek Buckley
    Vice Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
    Sugarland Run District
    703-771-5033
     
  12. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    CMBM, not sure but what does this have to do with the current hospital discussion?
     
  13. lilpea

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    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Good point!
     
  15. Mazinger

    Mazinger New Member

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    I guess the minority NIMBYs win. I'm sure your property values will go up in a county with no business and a shortage of ammenities.
     
  16. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    The ironic point is the 17.5 million dollar interchange may never be built by Inova. It's part of the proffer for an expansion to Loudoun Hospital, the Woman's and Childrens Center. Loudoun Hospital doesn't have the approvals for the expansion, so if they don't get it no interchange.

     
  18. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    Here's the latest from Inova. Makes me glad the county is giving them all our hospital business:

    Sunday, February 15, 2009
    Fairfax Hospital lung patients hit transfer to YMCA
    Molly Nevola THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    More than 90 chronic lung patients will be displaced from their current facility at Inova Fairfax Hospital in March and receive therapy instead at the YMCA of Reston - which some say can't provide the level of care the patients received at the hospital.

    The hospital says it needs to increase space for a growing number of acute-care patients, and that the chronic maintenance patients need to learn to do more for their own rehabilitation,

    Five of the patients spoke out against the change to The Washington Times last week, citing what they called a lack of planning for the new facility.

    "The hospital says that acute patients take precedence to us chronic patients. Well, of course, but it doesn't mean that we should be disposed of," patient Mary Sullivan said.

    Administrators considered the move for two years before settling on transferring the chronic patients to the YMCA. The patients said the YMCA is beautiful and well-equipped but does not perform the individualized functions of Inova, such as specified exercises and personal care for each patient's recommended time per week.

    "The environmental concerns of the YMCA versus the hospital are paramount," Mrs. Sullivan said.

    The maintenance program, which is not covered by insurance, includes regular pulmonary exercise, education about breathing techniques, and respiratory therapists who monitor progress and tailor programs to individual needs.

    According to Dr. James Lamberti, medical director of respiratory care services at Inova, the hospital is dealing with a significant increase in acute-care patients and space has become tight.

    "This is an area we are not slighting," he said, "We sympathize with the patients' plight, but some of the demands are well beyond what we are able to do."

    The pulmonary program at Inova is one of the largest in the nation, and the hospital does more pulmonary rehabilitation than any hospital in the country, Dr. Lamberti said.

    "The story is the good that's been done," he said, noting that many more people could benefit from the program but cannot because of space constraints.

    Mrs. Sullivan said that she is sure the hospital could create the space needed for them.

    "They say there's no space, but no thought has been put into this whatsoever," she said.

    The maintenance patients say they are not demanding too much but merely want the new facility to meet certain requirements and to be in a medical setting.

    "We are being patronized," patient Kathleen Feeney said. "There just has not been a comprehensive approach, and it is literally a matter of life or death."

    However, patient Peggy Endicott said she was very impressed with the services and trained staff at the Reston YMCA and the hospital's approach to the change.

    "I am on oxygen when I walk out the door," she said. "I'll just have to plan ahead to bring it. I need to exercise, whether I'm in the hospital or the YMCA."

    She said that the hospital has been proactive in its search and set up a focus group two years ago for patient input.

    Dr. Lamberti said: "It is unfortunate that it has come to this, because I understand how much better they are after rehabilitation. We need to teach them to exercise, and hopefully they will be able to do it on their own.

    "We're trying our best. We're not putting them through a program that overlooks them," he said. "I wouldn't direct a program that did."
     
  19. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    this is therapy... do you go to the hospital for physical therapy? c'mon, give it a rest.. you're really grasping at straws now =) Hospitals routinely move people to facilities that can handle their care after the hospital has stabilized them, etc. What's done is done and now it's time to move on, no matter what side you were on.
     
  20. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    not sure about this therapy, but when my daughter has a breathing treatment and therapy, it is done at the hospital and it's not "exercising". she has people beating on her back, given oxygen, blowing a ball and more seems simple, but has to be monitored by a professional. can't do everything at once, have to do a little at a time. so what might be 5 mins here and 10 mins there, is a whole day thing. putting these poor people at the YMCA is a disgrace. Would you want your family member, or you yourself, getting medical attention at the YMCA?? boomer are you that insensitive about people who are sick? this is not an admission that you think the hospital vote was the wrong one. this is about chronicly sick people going to the YMCA for treatment.
    oh and if you have ever had a elderly loved one break a hip, they do stay in the hospital for rehab, someone in a bad car accident stays in the hospital for therapy to learn to walk, talk, etc. so yes, people do stay in the hospital for therapy.
     

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