South Big Horn Hospital Facing Troubles
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 4, 2017
The South Big Horn County Hospital is in the middle of a criminal case involving the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation – and this is just part of the hospital district’s current struggles.
According to an article in the Greybull Standard, at their monthly meeting on March 22nd, chairman Jeff Grant and the rest of the Hospital District Board heard from citizens regarding a number of concerns that have been made public recently, including conflicts with the local ambulance service, lack of concern and proper care from staff, and resignations from practitioners, including Dr. Dusty Hill, and Physician’s Assistants Heather Sanders and Sarah Watts.
While the board did not directly address the citizen concerns at the meeting, they did confirm that the DEA and DCI were performing a joint investigation into possible patient safety violations, and that the hospital was fully cooperating with the investigations.
John Adlesich, hospital administrator, gave this statement to KODI News:
Quote, “South Big Horn County Hospital District is continuing to improve the level of care provided to its patients. The hospital is now providing telemetry services, hiring additional nurses, and having more of our ER and hospital coverage done by highly trained physicians,” endquote.
When asked about the number of staff choosing to end their employment at the hospital, Adlesich replied that a large number of changes have occurred because of the district’s new emphasis and commitment on patient safety, quality of care, and following applicable state and federal regulations. He said as a result of these changes, some employees have chosen to leave during the transition. However, he pointed out that also as a result of these changes, patient satisfaction has increased to above the 80th percentile when compared to other hospitals nationally.
Adlesich also noted that issues between the hospital district and Atwood’s ambulance service have been resolved, and the two organizations are now working together.