Manatee Memorial Hospital must meet health care standards.
As our Board of County Commissioners prepares its 2015-16 budget for MMH, it must determine if the hospital is meeting equitable, actuarially sound, and sustainable standards.
Our county board needs answers to the following:
1. Has MMH publicized its mediocre safety rating of "C?" Is there a correction plan in place for this safety problem?
2. Why are so many hospital-acquired infections occurring?
3. Why haven't the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) reports on MMH heart surgery effectiveness been disclosed?
4. What plans are in place to avoid all too common "never" procedures, such as operating on the wrong area or amputating the wrong appendage? Is there a correction plan in place?
5. What are the hospital's artery bypass graft death rates? How can they be improved ?
6. Does the public understand that our own federally qualified health center, MCR Healthcare, is already meeting the needs of 68 percent of the county's Medicaid patients?
Because of the rapidly shifting currents in America's healthcare waters, careful planning and transparency of information are more important than ever.
Does BOCC and its administrator, Ed Hunzeker, fully understand their responsibility to mandate transparency and keep "we the people" informed in a timely manner? We also mandate accountability of them as well as MMH.
Richard T. Conard, MD