UpNorthLive was following this story early.
7&4 news has learned that Northern Michigan Regional Health System is making changes in at least three of its departments. Northern Michigan Regional Hospital alerted employees of the change. 7&4 spoke to a few other employees who wished to remain anonymous.
Here’s what they said: the Specialty Care Nursery or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Hospitality House, and the Mental Health Unit will be shut down on December 18th. UpNorthLive
This news reinforces a concern of mine that I have had about Northern Michigan Regional Hospital for some time. Ever since my father was sent there for surgery some 20 years ago or so, I have had a nagging impression that the Petoskey hospital operates more like a bottom-line business than other hospitals that I am familiar with. Even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with a hospital applying sound business principles, this announcement initially reinforces my concerns. On the surface, it appears that the news was delivered as a pithy memo that “…alerted employees of the change.”
If the memo did not take into account the special care-giver nature of a hospital, then my suspicions will be confirmed that the Petoskey hospital operates more like a bottom-line business than a care-giving hospital. One hopes indeed that some adjustment is being made to care for the neonatal and mental health patients that will be affected by these changes. It’s a long drive from Petoskey to Munson Medical Center, which currently offers both neonatal and mental health services.
I hope that my suspicions about Northern Michigan Regional Hospital turn out to be unfounded, so I’ll be watching closely as this story unfolds. And I am planning to do a follow-up posting.