The announcement came as a shock - I was watching local news, a week or so ago, and one of the news stories was that the hospital where I go to for my treatments was closing due to bankruptcy! All the patients who were currently in the hospital as in-patients were being transferred to other nearby hospitals that could, or would, accept them. Over 1,000 employees were losing their jobs! Located in downtown Los Angeles, it is considered the oldest hospital in the city. But, with over 70% of their patients being low income and on Medicare (federal medical subsidy), which reimburse the hospital at a lower rate than private insurance, the hospital was apparently unable to receive enough income to remain open. It is where my various cancer screenings and surgeries took place.
I had been wondering what would happen next. That is the hospital I've been assigned to, according to the insurance I have. It is where I had all my screenings and surgeries when I was being treated for cancer. I knew my insurance will probably make other arrangements, but, that takes time, of course.
This morning, I had a phone call from the office of my radiation oncologist. I had an appointment for a follow-up visit in February, but, his office is in a building adjoining the hospital and, apparently, it, too, is closing. The doctor will see patients at other hospitals, but the one he's moving to is a bit of a distance from me, in a different city. The office staff person I spoke with was saying that he and the rest of the staff in that office will all have to look for new jobs! I feel so badly for them. I used to go to that office for my radiation treatments, five days a week until all 35 treatments were completed. The staff there were all so caring and considerate! What happens to the patients who are still receiving daily treatments? Where do they go?
After that phone call, I called my oncologist's office. My appointment on Friday of this week is with his nurse practitioner, for a follow-up visit and my bone density booster injection. I called to find out if they are closing too, but, they are located in a different building, and they will remain open! Oh, big sigh of relief! One of the reasons why I chose to keep my same insurance when I retired was because I wanted to keep the same oncologist! Unless I receive another phone call telling me otherwise, I will still be able to keep Friday's appointment! Maybe my oncologist could recommend another radiation oncologist, if needed.
All I can say is, I am very grateful the hospital didn't close while I was in mid-treatments! That would have been very stressful to say the least!