Thursday, October 14, 2010

OSF Tries to Quell Rumors

Peoria Journal Star's Catherine Schaidle wrote a good article regarding OSF.

OSF employees are told one thing by OSF management that makes them worry about losing their jobs. And then an article like this comes out with OSF management's confusing statements like "job restructuring" and notes Mr. Steffen's "bewildered" appearance when questioned.

How could OSF's employees be anything but "bewildered" and afraid? Mr. Steffen told me that fear is a good thing amongst employees at OSF.

Many of the comments that follow on the Journal Star website clearly show that many people no longer trust OSF and believe that the Sisters have lost control of their medical center.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Carroll,
I have been with OSF for quite a few years. I have seen the big changes as well as the little ones that make big things happen.
I, as well as many others have been affected by these many changes at OSF. Recently my entire job was "restructured". EPIC came along and took away my job. As we clerks waited for well over a year as to what would become of us we watched Mr. Steffen slowly chip away what OSF really means. This is no longer a hospital to take care of and heal the sick, this is an expensive hotel for the sick. The sisters play no real part anymore they are just there in name only.
We were told that with this change noone would lose their jobs as a result of this new system but as time went on the higher ups would rephrase that comment to satisfy what they had previously said and as well not feel so guilty as this change would become the end of the unit clerks.
Some have left out of fear, some left because of boredom with our once busy minds now just dried up sponges with no knowlege to soak up. Some were "asked" to retire and some were placed in a pool until something was found. The rest of us brave souls have hung in there with fear lurking behind us as we hear of this new rumor. Mr. Steffen addressed this rumor in his blog but was very careful how he stated the issue. Never really came out and said "NO, THERE WILL BE NO LAY OFFS" but walked around it very carefully. I am a firm believer that there is always some truth behind a rumor. Again, time will tell and this time we will see "layoffs" happen. Call it whatever they want, layoff, firing, diplacement, it's all the same. This use to be a great place to work but how can it be so great when the higher ups don't care about us as staff anymore. The main concern is how big can OSF get and how much money can we make and oh yea will take care of the patients too.
That we still do, we do take care of the sick. Maybe Kieth has lost sight as to why we are really here at OSF but we who walk the halls and answer the call lights have not forgotten and I'll bet we never will. The people in those beds are the reason we come there and work those hours. I just hope that someday he will come to realize this once again. Because I am still employed by OSF I won't be able to list my name with this blog out of fear of retaliation.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Carroll,
I have been with OSF for quite a few years. I have seen the big changes as well as the little ones that make big things happen.
I, as well as many others have been affected by these many changes at OSF. Recently my entire job was "restructured". EPIC came along and took away my job. As we clerks waited for well over a year as to what would become of us we watched Mr. Steffen slowly chip away what OSF really means. This is no longer a hospital to take care of and heal the sick, this is an expensive hotel for the sick. The sisters play no real part anymore they are just there in name only.
We were told that with this change noone would lose their jobs as a result of this new system but as time went on the higher ups would rephrase that comment to satisfy what they had previously said and as well not feel so guilty as this change would become the end of the unit clerks.
Some have left out of fear, some left because of boredom with our once busy minds now just dried up sponges with no knowlege to soak up. Some were "asked" to retire and some were placed in a pool until something was found. The rest of us brave souls have hung in there with fear lurking behind us as we hear of this new rumor. Mr. Steffen addressed this rumor in his blog but was very careful how he stated the issue. Never really came out and said "NO, THERE WILL BE NO LAY OFFS" but walked around it very carefully. I am a firm believer that there is always some truth behind a rumor. Again, time will tell and this time we will see "layoffs" happen. Call it whatever they want, layoff, firing, diplacement, it's all the same. This use to be a great place to work but how can it be so great when the higher ups don't care about us as staff anymore. The main concern is how big can OSF get and how much money can we make and oh yea will take care of the patients too.
That we still do, we do take care of the sick. Maybe Kieth has lost sight as to why we are really here at OSF but we who walk the halls and answer the call lights have not forgotten and I'll bet we never will. The people in those beds are the reason we come there and work those hours. I just hope that someday he will come to realize this once again. Because I am still employed by OSF I won't be able to list my name with this blog out of fear of retaliation.

John A. Carroll, M.D. said...

Dear Anon,

Thank you for your heart felt comments regarding the issues at OSF.

I guess the question becomes: How does the Peoria community create change for the better at OSF?

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria should be helping out but they are not for a variety of reasons. A well known monsignor here in Peoria described to me the "corporate malaise" at OSF.

There is a true fear of OSF by many people...they even fear not being taken care of adequately at OSF if they have health problems and have gone public with their comments regarding OSF. They fear for their job and health insurance even if it is not at OSF.

Dr. John