New system may cost jobs at St. Mary's

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION-A new medical record system begin installed at Saint Mary's will mean a shift in some positions.
St Mary's hospital tells 11 News there are 28 positions on the 'patient accounting staff' that could be moved out of the area.
The transition to this electronic medical records system won't be completed until August of 2012, and at that time employees in the Billing and Accounting Department may have their jobs moved to Denver.
Dan Prinster, of Saint Mary's tells 11 News it's not yet known if all 28 positions will be able to be filled in Denver,
With the transition still many months away Pnster says some of the staff members may choose to relocate, and some may stay in Grand Junction and find work within St. Mary's or elsewhere.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    Why not simplify that whole system and have a legal determination that ALL the (non)PROFITS that are transferred to a 'charitable' organization be recognized as REAL PROFIT to the hospital and remove the "NON PROFIT- non taxable" status? Force the 'hospital' to open their books to public scrutiny and show how the 'poor' and middle class people here in the Western Slope are treated as a giant milk cow and many forced into bankruptcy of foregoing medical care so the 'charitable' organization can 'help the poor' in other areas without the 'recipients' being forced into medical despair by all the income/asset reporting requirements? WHY does a 51 cent pill from the pharmacy cost $59.00 to inpatients?
  • by albert Location: ca on Oct 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM
    I know how he feels if I lose my job my insurance is gone too. But people should know about "Penny Health" and also if you dont have means of paying for treatment the hospital will file the form and get reimbursed by medicaid.
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      by ???? on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:11 AM in reply to albert
      I thought St. Marys was a 'charitable' organization to help the poor and indigent. IF that is true, why should they need to be reimbursed by medicare? Do they get reimbursed when giving free medical care to people in africa? Maybe the 'sisters' need to be taught that "Charity begins at home", as does the concept of Honesty, Integrity and Compassion.
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        by Shelby on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to ????
        Nitpicking... Medicare and Medicaid are two different programs (...caid is state run, while ...care is Federal). Second, St. Mary's never said they were a "charitable" organization, only a not-for-profit one (which helps explain all the building that they do, have to spend that money somewhere)...
  • by Denis Location: GJ on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:42 PM
    Wow... We used our minds to create space shuttles, fabulously complex computer networks, make biotech discoveries, but thanks to posts like these I'm losing hope in humanity. Obama? Seriously? OBAMA? Marxism? You forgot to mention f...ing Nazis! The article is about private enterprise increasing efficiency and saving costs. Don't like computers? Go help pencil makers and write your nonsense on paper. This all reminds me of "Idiocracy" movie.
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      by Yea! on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to Denis
      Denis, I fear our society is well on it's way to becoming the movie "Idiocracy" too!
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      by Disgusted on Oct 29, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to Denis
      There is a difference between forgetting and trying to be polite. In my opinion your use of the term would be correct and applicable. Just remember you said it, I didn't.
  • by voting taxpayer Location: gj on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    Thank you Obama,Thank you Obama,Thank you Obama and all of you that believe in "change we can believe in" Thank you.You all should be so PROUD.And their more,can't wait Thank you
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      by NYB on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:43 PM in reply to voting taxpayer
      Really? Are you truly that ignorant? Get a grip and quit being such a sheep!
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      by Disgusted on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:16 PM in reply to voting taxpayer
      A brilliant and accurate post. Be sure and thank him too come November of 2012. Just a bit over a year to go.......hang in there.
  • by AW Location: GJ on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    I think the point is that they are moving the GJ jobs to Denver, not the other way around. I have a hard time believing there isn't a labor force in GJ with the required skills or experience for those jobs. I would also have a hard time believing it would more cost effective to be in Denver vs. GJ.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:04 PM in reply to AW
      there are already people doing this job in GJ, so it has nothing to do with skills or experience. It has to do with the fact that there are 11 hospitals in Denver and 1 in GJ- so maybe not more cost effective but more people over in Denver. Also the people in GJ that may be losing their job have been offered the opportunity to relocate if enough positions are available and also have the option to move within the company at St Marys.
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        by Shelby on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to
        Having spoken to a few of the people to be affected by this... Yeah, the article states that they can relocate or transfer (um, no, those positions are already filled in Denver), and they are cutting even more positions at St. Mary's, so where exactly will these people go? Nice to think that they would look after their people, but they haven't (and won't), until they are held accountable.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to AW
      This electronic medical records system St. Mary's decided to go with the first part of last year has cut many local jobs. My job was one of the first to be cut. Fortunately, I have found a new job. I worked loyally with St. Mary's for over 20 years, and no, the higher ups could not give 2 cents about me. Now, it is coming back to bite more people who thought their jobs were secure. Bottom line, the administration cares about nothing but money, and they will go with the cheapest resource to save their money. Quality and community do not matter to them in this circumstance.
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        by Disgusted on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:17 PM in reply to Anonymous
        Did you really expect anything different from the Healthcare/Marxism complex?
  • by guest Location: GJ on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    I think everyone needs to realize that Sisters of Charity and Exempla (out of the Denver area) merged. They are combining departments to SAVE money. Yes it does suck to lose jobs, but would you like to pay more for your hospital visit because you have billing departments at every location? They are getting a new system in all of these hospitals so that all the doctors can have access to your records to make your healthcare more complete at any of these locations. Better system, better access to your complete history at any Sister of Charity and Exempla hospital means better care. Also its said that electronic systems can be hacked? Most of these systems have triple security on them. Also a paper chart can be lost. And they are currently using electronic systems now too. Oh and yes.... Im a St Marys employee too. I do think they care about their employees, but it is also a business. When healthcare payments keep getting cut, other things have to give unfortunatly.
  • by DJ Location: GJ on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    Doesn't anyone proofread these things before they are posted? Lorraine, the schools don't need more money; they need better management. The rest of us have had to learn to live within our means. It's time for the schools to do the same. Truly good health care would mean doctors practicing conventional medicine would actually consider integrative practices, which tend to work better. It's sad that today's health care is really sick care. And of course, since healthy people don't need doctors, why would they want people to get well? It's sad that so many people will be out of work due to this latest, greatest technology. But then, St. Mary's execs don't care about their employees; they only care about the bottom line.
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      by Lorraine on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to DJ
      It is not just poor management. The state has to have a balanced budget. They have chosen to cut education dollars because the federal government has cut education money to the states. Districts all over Colorado are asking for help. 5 elementary school closed in Colorado Spgs Dist 11 because of budget cuts, not JUST poor management. It is coming to Grand Junction, later than Colo Spgs because Dist 51 had mananged their budget. Can't keep cutting millions of dollars a year. Most of the teachers that are to retire have done so because of the budget cuts of 2009/2010. They were asked to take early retirement. Personnel ARE going to lose their jobs, transportation will be cut, arts will be cut, athletics will be cut and it WILL cost the parents more money next year and the taxpayers will still have to pay because kids won't be in school because their parents had no transportation for them, couldn't afford the school fees and there will be 30-35 kids in the classroom so learning will be difficult..
  • by bp Location: gj on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    Oh, good. We need jobs here and they are giving them to Denver. Not a good move. St. Mary's.
  • by Lorraine Location: Grand Junction on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    A lot of jobs are being lost in Grand Junction. If the school doesn't get some more money up to 50 teaching/support/paraprofessional/custodians will lose their jobs in the district. What is going on here?
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      by Follow the Money on Oct 27, 2011 at 02:24 PM in reply to Lorraine
      BS Taxes have been raised 11 times in the last 10 years and most of them go to schools. 40 of those jobs will be lost due to retirement and loss of stimulates money that was temp. only.
  • by sk Location: gj on Oct 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    As an employee of St. Mary's I can tell you that it is actually 60 employees that are getting the ax, not 28. They are moving 3 departments to Denver.
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