April 15th, 2016
OK, I promised to post tonight, and I had to wait until my work was done.
At this very moment, I am out of work.
It's something I'm not happy about. It's something I'm delighted about. I'm sad. I'm excited. I'm terrified.
Just over a year ago, the doctor whose practice I was associated with (he never offered me a partnership) sold his practice to a large group without telling me until there was no way that I could go out looking for other work. I had heard of the group that had purchased it, and I'd heard nothing good about them. I told him this, and he pooh-poohed my concerns and told me that I knew nothing about it. Oddly enough, I was right. Without going into detail, I gave them four months, I had significant problems that dealt with physician communication and patient care issues, and starting in August, I began to look for other work.
Not an easy thing when you are pushing sixty, you know.
I found a few doctors who gave me vague hints that they might be interested; I was pressed to apply to another one much younger than I who showed no particular motivation to hire me, though in the end he did make me an offer...but it took him seven months to finally say so.
Finally, a connection told me about an opportunity that had opened locally; a non-profit group was looking to hire a chief medical officer to supervise their physicians, dentists, licensed psychiatric social workers, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The clinics were all in under-served areas, and the group received significant Federal funding to help folks who haven't had good care.
I interviewed. They sent me a contract the next day. I signed. I gave my job a month's notice, though the contract didn't demand any notice at all. At 5PM today I left for good. I did have an exit interview, and I chose to leave identifying all the patient care concerns I had; I won't treat this organization badly, because their patients deserve the best care they can offer. The administrators were pretty shocked at the problems that I had, and they agree that the communication problems were unacceptable. It sucks that I had to quit to make them aware of the problems.
I start at the new job Monday. I have no idea of what the work will be like, but I will persevere.
So that's the news.
I start work at Unicare Community Health Center, Inc.; I will work at a number of their offices to get to know folks, but the prime office is at 437 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762. The phone number that I have here is 909 988 4447, but I don't know if that is for the clinic or the administrative office. I'll post an update for contact on Monday evening if I have the number wrong.
In the meantime, my wife and I are going out to catch a film.
Be well, everybody, because right now I don't have any prescription pads...
Good luck with the new position!
|Date:||April 16th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)|| |
Congratulations! And I hope everything goes wonderfully.
Sounds awesome. Best of luck!
I'm going to try to do my best to make it awesome, thanks...
Whoa! That's quite a change!
Will you still be working directly with patients or is this more administrative? I hope you still get to do doctory stuff.
Good luck and may this be all for the good!
The intent presently is for me to continue with most of my work as a physician working with the patients, but as the organization adds more clinics, more of my time will be devoted to administrative duties. I won't know the exact percentages for a week or two, while I get settled, but I think for starters that we'll be looking at 80% patient contact and 20% other stuff.
|Date:||April 17th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)|| |
Congratulations, and the best of luck to you, your new employers and colleagues and the people they're all working to help!
|Date:||April 17th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Good luck with this new position! I do hope that the old place effects changes to rectify those problems. However, it sounds as if your new job will be better for you!
I certainly will work to make sure it is; for that matter, I intend to make it better for those who are already working there. But that's going to take some time to affect.
Here's to new beginnings! Good luck in the new position!
|Date:||April 18th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)|| |
Good luck with the change!
That's awesome, Doc! Congratulations!!! And good luck!!
Congratulations! And it sounds like you have the potential to make a difference on a larger scale in your new position!
|Date:||April 20th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)|| |
I hope to do so...
That was me. Last time I do this with my iPhone.