Health System Cuts Pay Or Hours

It's one the top five employers for one eastern Carolina county, but due to the economy, officials are imposing mandatory pay cuts or furloughs to stay financially healthy.

The Beaufort Regional Health System announced to workers on Tuesday, all 800 of them will have to take a five-percent pay cut or reduce hours by two hours a week. This will take effect June first.

The regional health systems chief executive officer the says they've made provisions to prevent these cuts, but since they're now more than a million dollars under budget, they had no choice
CEO Bill Bedsole says, "We did think reductions of hours was more palatable than layoffs than any other intrusive actions."

Bedsole says that the reductions of employee hours should not have an any effect on patient care.

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  • by Windsong Location: Beaufort County on Jun 21, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    Bill Bedsole has anchored himself in deep, but what would happen if all the employees wrote to the board requesting his resignation?
  • by disturbed 2 Location: Washington, NC on Jun 20, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Ok folks, something you may not know. After requiring employees to sacrifice with pay cuts, hour cuts, retirement, education,and larger work loads, Bill buys out the psychiatrists and adds more to the payroll. Not only that, but he refused to hire back a Dr. that has been away for a year on a fellowship for bariatric surgery that would actually bring money into the hospital. Bad financial decisions and not so much the economy is what is sinking this hospital. Nurses are looking and finding other jobs. PCMH just advertised for 200 nursing positions and they'll probably fill them with BCRH nurses.
  • by 5% less Location: Washington on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    The economy is in a turmoil; Your answer: Let's buy more offices, let's build bigger, newer accomodations, and let's buy lots of very expensive equipment. Let's change our name. Now all our stationary, forms, etc and advertisement now must be purchased and updated. Then, decrease the health insurance offered to the employees, while cutting their income. You keep hearing, "These updates were in the budget 2 years ago!" So, was the employees pay not in the budget 2 years ago? Whom do you depend on to take care of the patients that you serve? You made the decision to choose material things over the employees and their families. So, when you ask if morality is low. What do you think?
  • by RN2 on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    I agree RN. They should quickly say bye bye to Bill.
  • by RN Location: Beaufort Co. on Jun 4, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    Moral is low in BCH employees. The decisions the board made has hurt employees. BCH already is the lowest paying hospital in the area & employees can't afford to take a cut. The best thing the board could do is remove Bill Bedsole from his position.
  • by Stressed out Location: Beaufort County on Jun 4, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    To Disturbed: What is your problem? You sound like you have a personal problem with discharge planners. I work with our DC Planners at Beaufort and feel they are complete life savers. I am a nurse and my job would be much more difficult without these ladies. They work very hard to get continuing care for those patients needing it. I have seen them go above and beyond their call of duty to make sure patients were taken care of at time of discharge. I don't know if you are a nurse or not, surely you can't be to feel as you do. There may be much fat to trim at this facility but the DC Planners are not a part of that fat! If administration had been better to its employees they would probably be seeing much more support from them then they are. Don't forget karma Mr Bedsole and Board Members.
  • by Dream world on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Perhaps I live in a dream world because I can't imagine someone wishing another to lose their job and unless you have actually done their job you really don't know what it entails. And perhaps I live in a dream world because I believe that if you have a job you should DO that job but when you look around (without being a rocket scientist) and see people not doing or under doing their job (just doing enough to get by) it does cause one to be a little out raged. BRHS needs to clean house both figurative and literal. Portions of the hospital are old and my house is old BUT it is clean! Instead of looking from the bottom up lets look at the top down. If employees are not doing their jobs then look to the managers and make them earn their salaries. I don't like the cuts anymore than anyone else but I am grateful to have a job. A rocket scientist I am not but you can't do your job when sitting in the parking lot "visiting" or riding around town.
  • by Disturbed Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    To concerned: yes the hospital needs discharge planners, but how about ones that actually work for their money, instead of constantly passing the buck. Take a look and see how many patients our just swept out of the door for someone else to handle. Also check out the hours they keep, 9-2, what is that? The only thing that they plan is how to get out of work. To everyone else, I was thinking, the patients are reading this just like we are. Boy what they must be thinking about the employees of BRHS. Things are going to get worse before they get better, but let's reassure the patients who look to us for guidance that their care will not be compromised.
  • by Productivity on Jun 1, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    Every organization has those who "abuse" the system. We have all seen this in management as well as those who work at desk jobs away from direct patient contact, and yes even those who take care of patients. In response to 'another one hit', my suggestion to you is to become a manager/director and make all the changes you think are good. Maybe you will want to work 40 hours at times without extra compensation plus be on call at all times for emergencies in your department...not to mention responsibility for everything and everyone in your department (even those who seem to love misery). Yes, managers have appointments and obligations which will require them to leave early just like you at times. I have not seen a manager yet that did not earn every penny of their pay (which is not that great). In stead of finding fault, put your energy into being an asset for BRHS. We are all in this together. It is always easy to judge from afar.
  • by Give me a break on Jun 1, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    No one is gracefully accepting the news of a pay cut. Some of us actually have already felt the devistation of reduction of income from a spouse. Now, with more reduction of money coming in to households, we wonder why things had to come to this. Surely, this crisis didn't happen overnight. Didn't anyone see it coming? Cut to the chase and evaluate necessary from unecessary. Get rid of those things and people who are not needed.

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