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Re: “The Whistleblower

I have worked at Mad River Hospital from 1988 to 2008 in all dept. Med Surg, Discharge planning,home health,utilization review and administrative nursing supervisor.Administration never questioned
me when going out of my way to provide
patients and families with help at the hospitals expense.I made a fair wage and was always compensated for my time.All doctors I worked with were exceptional
Working at Mad River was one of my best nursing jobs.I would leave my job and feel that I had accomplished much and helped someone in need.It is very sad to read such a one sided article by what appears to be a very angry,unhappy professional.
No need to tear down your colleagues.
Just pack your bags and move on
Keep going Mad River Hospital the community needs you and congratulations on remaining
Jo Borchardt_ Smith RN. Seattle, Wa.

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Posted by Jo Borchardt Smith RN on 01/19/2020 at 12:47 AM

Re: “The Whistleblower

Each experience I’ve had at Madriver has been subpar-granted I’ve lived Memphis and Houston so I will say Humboldt county’s medical care needs improvement.

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Posted by S. Harmon on 01/18/2020 at 8:05 AM

Re: “The Whistleblower

My experience with MRCH community clinic was being moved from a Dr. to an NP. For many years I continued to see this NP regularly and yet she did not diagnose my genetic condition that nearly killed me. I had asked to be tested for it when my brother was diagnosed and she didn't know what it was at first, she then ran the wrong test and told me I didn't have it. No consulting with her supposed supervising Doctor, EVER. I found out later the overseeing physician had been sick and barely functioning for years. End result is I ended up with end stage liver disease because of the lack of a diagnosis of a genetic disorder that I asked to be tested for BY NAME. This could have been prevented through treatment. I got my medical records for the lawyers and found out there was NOTHING in my records about my asking to be tested which basically screwed me a second time because then it would just be a he said/she said case. Mad River had a non functioning doctor as their supervising physician and this particular NP did not do her due diligence to research my genetic disorder to even the degree of running the correct blood tests nor did she refer back to any physician or even manage to remember what we had talked about in my appt by the time she got around to writing her chart notes. I am also a healthcare provider and I KNOW if you don't write your chart notes quickly after the appt., you lose your ability to remember a lot of pertinent information. The NP barely had the time to spend with me, let alone write chart notes, with patients scheduled every 15 mins or so. The entire system is bad. Now, I finally have a fantastic doctor and the medical board is going to run her out of business for prescribing opioids to legacy pain patients. Something's got to give in Humboldt or ????

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Posted by Rayna Avery on 01/17/2020 at 4:34 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

I hope NCJ keeps reporting about the men at Mad River Hospital who are interfering with the quality of women's health care and the hostile work environment especially for women. The fact that this has been tolerated by Doug Shaw and the Board is unacceptable!

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Posted by Meg Stofsky on 01/16/2020 at 11:00 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

Dr. Kim Ervin is my own personal savior. ("Someone to hear my prayers. Someone who cares.") She performed my needed hysterectomy a few years ago. I recall crying in her office, offering up the lump that turned out to be one of several fibroids. "You're afraid you have cancer," she said. So much compassion for anxious me.
I was afraid of cancer. But I'm not afraid anymore, thanks to Ervin's thorough, competent care.
When people say "ugh" to Humboldt health care, I point to Ervin and say, "But Kim's still here."

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Posted by Deidre Pike on 01/16/2020 at 7:01 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

I appreciate this thorough and open article of these issues which are not often discussed The article opens up about a physician’s need to be able to offer their patients the best care possible by having a decent electronica health record system and adequate and skilled back up staff and support staff. Many of us have appreciated Mad River Hospital because it is locally owned and offers open non-religiously limited options for comprehensive women’s health care And there are nurses I know who have chosen to work there despite the lower salary compared to St. Joe’s. This situation is very disappointing and concerning. These physicians are stellar and have spent the majority of their professional careers committed to our Humboldt county community.

I think many of us are willing to get involved and speak up to the administration about these issues.I believe they’re thinking that they are saving money by having less support staff and I have heard in the community that they have hired some outside consultants who have told them just that. Upsetting

I hope through this article and other local media we can come up with a plan to keep the hospital working well with good physicians

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Posted by Dr.Jerruyl Lynn Rubin on 01/16/2020 at 1:11 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

This is not reporting the news, it is making the news. The article starts building her reputation and credibility up as a mother and the hardships of life in Wyoming. The only thing missing was when she escaped a Cambodian brother and sex traffickers. The story continues to build her up like she was Mother Mary herself.
Let’s look through the holes for just a second. If she is that kind of an upstanding person, holding the gavel as Chief of Staff and ultimately righteous whistle-blower, then why is she breaking confidential private medical information about someone in public print?
If the California Medical Board put a plan in place for a surgeon to rehabilitate then why does she think he should be less than renewed for operating privileges? Why would a local medical society need to know and what could they do if the matter is already under the governance of the State Government’s medical board?
The article ends with more slander and comparative mirroring using the word “tenure” in the same sentence. This is little more that a Harbor Freight Tool advertisement comparing their drill to a DeWault. In the mind’s eye the HFT drill is immediately worthy because it is being compared to the big name brand.
If you don’t like your job your just say thank you and you leave your job and go elsewhere. The Mad River Hospital operates in one of the poorest reimbursement areas of the state. The General Surgeon targeted in the article has been the anchoring surgeon in that uninsured community for more than 15 years. Think of all of those deaths that he prevented. The orthopedic surgeon is the community’s only orthopedic surgeon so this medical and personal confidential information is illegal and plainly unjust. The patients place their trust in the surgeons who cut on them when they are asleep. Watch any episode of M.A.S.H. and u will see that surgeons take this role very seriously. That is one if the reasons their training is so long. Would you want a surgeon who takes the position that the buck-stops with them or someone who likes so hold hands with everyone and sings Kumbaya. I am glad that most can see through this article. It doesn’t meet the standards of journalism, moreover it reminds me of a Jerry Springer Show. Now that’s reality! Bring out her ex-husband’s gay wife’s brother the meth-head once removed Royal Family member! Please pass the remote...

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Posted by Ross Davison on 01/16/2020 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

I am a nurse at Mad River. I totally trust Dr. Barker. I recently needed surgery and Dr. Barker did it.

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Posted by Patricia Ehlert-Abler on 01/16/2020 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

Excellent article. Dr Kim has always been a stalwart defender of healthcare equity in the community, and partnering with Open Door makes total sense. Also I know understand how and why I fell off her patient roster two years ago ...

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Posted by Pat Bitton on 01/16/2020 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Awash in Debt, Loleta Cheese Factory is Shuttered After 38 Years

What the bank did was tacitly illegal according to federal banking laws. There should have been at least a mediation. In the very least the owners of the factory should have shopped for a refinance through another, far more ethical bank. If they did, it should have been in the story.

Posted by Bob Beers on 01/01/2020 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves of 2019

Nowhere in the column do I excuse Bill Clinton or anyone else. And I'm not interested in taking Bill O'Reilly's freedom of speech away — so long as nobody arrests him for speaking, that remains intact. I am very clearly criticizing the decision to pay for and amplify what he has to say.

As for the hysterectomy, according to the complaint, it was a scheduled procedure that was to take place that day, not something the hospital was refusing to schedule. And there are a number of medical reasons for such a procedure aside from sterilization. I'd hope that a hospital with a Christian mission would treat all patients with more kindness.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 12/29/2019 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves of 2019

KHSU is a joke and should be laughed off the air. What kind of college radio is it that has absolutely zero input from the student-body? There are plenty of choices for those who wish to listen to the sort of bland, tasteless tapioca-flavored fare served up by KHSU (both prior to and after Rossbacher's Night of the Long Knives). Why not let the kids have a go at the control board? At least they'll manage to serve up some fresh beats.

Also: It's rather amusing to listen to the Proglodyte set prattle on at every opportunity about "sexual predators" as they continue, for two decades, to turn a conveniently blind eye to Sexual Predator-in-Chief, Bill "I did/did not have sexual relations with that intern" Clinton (AKA "Bubba Grope").

Keep up the good work there.

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Posted by Dabadabadoo on 12/26/2019 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves of 2019

If Bill "I did/did not have sexual relations with that intern" Clinton can be an unelected superdelegate of the DNC without drawing the opprobrium of the Dick Move Committee, then surely Bill O'Reily can have his freedom of speech also? One of these sexual predators votes counts more than that of 100,000,000 Americans. And it's not the Right Wing Bloviator.

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Posted by Dabadabadoo on 12/26/2019 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves of 2019

Worked many years at St. Joes.
They do not color code surgical patients by gown color. Their standard patient gowns are green and quite ugly. I just can't buy that part of the claim.
St. Joe's is a Catholic hospital. Right or wrong, they refuse to do sterilization procedures for anyone, male or female. The hysterectomy scheduled at St. Joes for this person was essentially a sterilization procedure, since it would be removing a healthy uterus. I have to wonder about the surgeon who set this up - no way they did not know the St. Joe position on sterilization.
I feel really bad for the patient not getting the surgery they wanted and wish St. Joes would change their policies, but doubt that will happen. All the surgeon had to do was schedule the procedure at the non religious based hospital a few miles up the road.
Why does this feel like a set up for a test case?

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Posted by Melina on 12/26/2019 at 4:30 PM

Re: “40 Acres and a Permit

very interesting article thanks
get my home sold carrollton

Posted by Jacob Dillon on 12/26/2019 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves of 2019

Loved your column. Another one my wife reminded me of - HSU's former President's decision to fire all the employees at KHSU which shut down the station the week after completing a fund drive. We're still reeling from that one!

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Posted by Michael R on 12/26/2019 at 8:06 AM

Re: “The 25 Days of Crustmas

This was so fun and educational to read.

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Posted by elementgypsy on 12/19/2019 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Eureka's 'Moonshot' Program Aims High

People commenting about the specific examples are entirely missing the point. "Although the press releases will be specific to the Moonshot idea being promoted, the EDC feels the larger message is that Eureka is open for business and willing to take creative and calculated risks to develop the future"

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Posted by eurekan707 on 12/15/2019 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Awash in Debt, Loleta Cheese Factory is Shuttered After 38 Years

Hi, I'm from & live on the east coast, But was fortunate enough to have had close family , (to visit) in Humboldt county for 30 yrs..LOLETA CHEESE FACTORY was always a HIGHLIGHT of Every once or twice a year trip out. My last trip was less than 2 yrs ago, BUT, I've ordered large deliveries 6-7 family & I LOVE IT! (BTW,..I found out this TRAGIC news when I just tried ordering for my family & I for the holidays)...SOO VERY SAD

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Posted by Rhonda Lieberum on 12/15/2019 at 4:57 AM

Re: “Awash in Debt, Loleta Cheese Factory is Shuttered After 38 Years

Very well written and researched article. A different view than many of the other articles written on the Cheese Factory's situation.
Thank you, well done!

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Posted by Inter Rested on 12/14/2019 at 12:19 PM

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