‘Someone is going to die in this lobby,’ Says Letter to the Editor About St. Joseph’s Hospital
To the editor,
My husband came to the emergency room at St Joseph Hospital at 7:30 on Friday June 10th with what we suspected was a kidney stone. He was in terrible pain. We have insurance and rarely use the er for our medical care, in fact we both have primary care physicians but we thought they would help us.
We spent 5 hrs in the lobby waiting to see a doctor, while my husband writhed on the floor in pain. He was treated like a burden because the staff was overworked and stressed out. By the time we got to see the one doctor on duty that Friday nite his pain was so bad he was almost unconscious.
5 hours to see a doctor is absurd. Someone is going to die in this lobby from this and it will be the hospitals fault. The doctor told us it was like this every night. She too was afraid someone would die in the lobby sometime. St Joseph makes enough money to support at least 2 doctors in the emergency room at night time. We got there approximately at 7:30pm and left at 5:30 am. And this is not unusual. Something bad is going to happen and St Joseph could do something about this. This is corporate greed at it’s worse.
I suspect that the hospital doesn’t make money from the emergency room, but I’m sure St Josephs makes enough from this community to spring for an extra doctor in the emergency room. I’ve talked to a number of people who have had the same experiences in the emergency room. Wait times of 5 and 6 hours no matter the emergency.
I appreciate your time, Elayne Mayfield