Changes to clinics, ER should benefit everyone
by Chip Latcham
Jul 17, 2013 | 1685 views | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Christus Spohn officials offered some news for Bee Countians this week.

“Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville is here to stay,” said Katy Kiser, communications manager.

Understandably, there has been some confusion/consternation recently for some Beeville and George West residents concerned whether their local doctors/clinics are going to continue seeing patients here.

Fortunately, Twin Fountains Medical Clinics and Dr. John McNeill are taking over the Beeville Medical Associates clinic and opening a new walk-in clinic in Dr. James Chandler’s former office.

Also, the Christus Spohn provider network will continue to operate the George West clinic with Dr. Karl Stein serving that facility as medical director.

“This is a positive outcome,” said Linda McKenna, vice president, physician services. “We did not want to leave these communities without health care providers.”

Also, the physicians, Drs. Karole Beasley, Arthur Chin, Frank R. Dehnisch Jr. and Francisco Miranda, several with long relationships here, are staying in the community.

McKenna said the last day for the BMA clinic to remain open as a part of the Christus provider network is July 20, and Twin Fountains takes over operations on Aug. 5. So, the clinic will be closed for that two-week period; patients with emergency situations can go to the hospital for treatment.

Medical records, which are the property of Christus, will be made available to the patients or to the physician of their choice, she added.

Raymond Ramos, vice president/chief operating officer of Beeville hospital, announced major renovations to improve the facility, an eight-month project to be completed in four or five phases.

Costing $850,000 to $900,000 and beginning the second week of August, the changes will be made to the emergency department’s interior, in order to improve patient flow. They include a new fast track room, new patient-friendly registration area, new private triage room, new nurse desk and lobby updated with new finishes. Also, Christus Spohn will honor the Beeville Ladies Night Out plans and funds with two child-friendly rooms.

Ramos pointed out that in the fiscal year just completed at the end of June, the hospital had seen a 14 percent increase in ER visits, particularly from auto wrecks in the Eagle Ford Shale. He added, though, that hospital occupancy had remained flat at about 21 patients on a daily basis, with room for about 60 – or one-third of capacity.

With improvements to the ER and smooth transitions involving the clinics in Bee and Live Oak counties, the hospital hopes to increase the number of patients. Additionally, plans are to hire a general surgeon who will reside in and be a part of this community, Ramos added.

We desperately need emergency and trauma care services here and are thankful Christus Spohn is making major contributions to keep our local hospital modern and attuned to community needs.
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July 26, 2013
Certainly patient admission will rise at the hospital due to poor planning and negligence of the doctors and staff at Beeville Medical Associates.

Unfortunately no one prepared for the closing. I attempted to by asking for instruction from clinic staff as to how to request and receive my son's and my triplicate Rx from our doctors once the clinic is closed. Both these prescriptions can only be filled every 30 days, and must be physically picked up by the patient...meaning I would need new triplicates written after the clinic closed. Staff instructed me to contact my pharmacy who would then contact the physician and/or clinic staff.. It has been a week, and the staff working at the closed clinic stated to the pharmacy and me (when I called and reached someone at the clinic) " the doctors have not been in to retrieve their handwritten messages (since doctors no longer access to their computer system). No guarantees they will see messages before the reopening on Aug 5th."

Upon calling other Beeville clinics to see a different doctor, the earliest appointments available are in two weeks.

So is the ER our only option to see a doctor who may or may not fill our prescriptions?

I guess this is the answer to temporarily resolve the low patient occupancy at the hospital (issue brought up in this article). They will simply let patients go without meds until they are sick enough to be admitted.

Who is to be held accountable for this negligence?