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Health Management Associates Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
Health Management Associates – US – “Nursing Staff, Barrow Regional Medical Center”

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2.3 40 reviews

21% Approve of the CEO

Health Management Associates President, CEO, and Director Gary D. Newsome

Gary D. Newsome

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The worst place I have ever worked.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get paid instead of living on the streets. You get a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. The office is nicely decorated.

    ConsIt seems that poor management is a part of the culture at HMA, from the home office, the hospitals to the billing office. When you have poor managers mentoring others, what do you expect? The few good people have left. We worked long hours under a tremendous amount of pressure where your only point of evaluation is how much money you collect. No one considers whether you know the rules or regulations, whether you treat people kindly, whether you care about your customers. There are no opportunities for growth unless you are a young, white man with a college degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease please consider evaluating how you treat people. Treat people as if God is watching.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    All in all, stay away!

    No Comment No Repercussions (Former Employee) Naples, FL

    ProsNice geographical location.
    Local regular lower ranking folks (including most managers) are "good-people" just trying to work and make a living.

    ConsUpper management is more concerned about cutting corners and saving a buck to line their pockets with (prior or Community Health's acquisition). Don't know how it is now.
    Last CEO while I was there, Gary Newsom, was a dismal person. No personality. Very grim, glum. Left country when he left HMA. Not sure what that was all about. Nothing great happened with his hiring.
    The CFO, while I was there, reminded me of the classic caricature of the slimy, greedy, untrustworthy used car salesman. You just wanted to wash your hands if you shook it.
    The biggest problem I saw? Nepotism. The rise of people in the company because of who they knew or were related to. Nothing to do with their value or skill. This is at corporate office. I overheard many times the popularity contest between the hospital CEOs and higher-ups (or whatever they're called) with the home office 'executives'. Very worrisome situation in my mind. The company was supposed to be about how to help those who need help, not how to get-rich-quick or how to become someones pet at home office.
    Pay was not comparable with the rest of the industry, or country, depending on your specialty. My pay was severely depressed come to find out. Yet no pay raise for the last 2 or 3 years due to company wide policy of no raises due to budget concerns. However, the upper management flauted their high dollar cars and mansions for all to see. Usually the high dollar cars would show up in the garage after their bonuses arrived. Very bad morale issues came from this. Crass. Foul. Just plain bad manners and bad taste. I mean, driving your brand new Ferrari and parking it in your reserved spot in the company garage after telling everyone there is no money for raises or bonuses!? Driving a different high dollar car to work each week/month. Really!?!?!?!? Tacky.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up.
    If you truly are a christian company, act like it! The whole 'god wants you to have money' thing is just....I don't know. The whole idea of making money off other people for your own personal gain is just, icky.
    Take care of those that make you successful. Express gratitude in salary, bonus, but as important as that, in acknowledgement of accomplishments.
    Don't treat those in the hospitals/facilities as 2nd rate citizens to be used as pawns in your 'master plan to conquer the world'. I know it sounds dramatic, but that's how you make people feel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay far, far away!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chester, SC

    ProsLocal employees are wonderful, was just bought out by CHS, community health systems. Managers are pretty good. The nurse managers need to retire, been doing it too long. The other managers are still pretty good.

    ConsCutting hours, not enough staff in any department. CEO is very strange and negative. CFO not in touch with needs. Pay is not great either. Don't value employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A ship without a rudder.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's like living with abusive parents. One minute they are loving you, the next beating you to a pulp.

    ConsThis company was akin to 1980s Russia, the tanks are rusting in the street.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrange is the new black.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poorly managed at every level.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNone. Don't waste your skills with them.

    ConsTerrible planning and budgeting. Ridiculous information systems. They cannot access the data needed to make straightforward business decisions. When they fail to meet their ludicrous budgets they "solve" the problem by laying off staff-- but they never seem to lay off the bozos that budgeted badly in the first place.

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    Poor experience in every way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBesides the fact that I am resigning? Generally, the worker bee level employees are very good to work with and care about each other. Because there are a lot of hospitals run by them, you can transfer - IF they feel like letting you.

    ConsNot enough room or time to give a complete report, but the biggest con is that the sole purpose for this company's existence is to make money, hand over fist. Fortune 500 Company where money matters, and corners are cut at the patient level so the stock stays profitable and the executives look good on paper. Having also been a patient, care was frequently non-existent and/or unsafe due to extremely poor staffing. Department directors found out they were being fired by finding an advertisement online for their position. This company has absolutely NO morals or ethics. Insurance is expensive and horrible. Retirement plan is a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a college level ethics course, pay attention in class and learn a few new things, and quit bullying and abusing your employees. Hopefully Community Health Systems will come in and clean house. Maybe the takeover will be a positive thing for employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once proud Employee.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Naples, FL

    ProsBeautiful building on exterior. Most co-workers hard working.

    ConsUgly, ruthless management only concerned with how well they look. The little guy has no importance. No loyalty to staff. Frequent turnover. Little direction, high expectations. They ask the impossible of employees.
    The almighty dollar is more important than quality care. Quantity versus quality. $$$$$$

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize quality workers who want nothing but to do a good job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Broken promises

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of good people work there

    ConsThey make a lot of promises they don't keep. Employees can work there for years without getting a raise. No one takes ownership. The employees and doctors aren't important to the company. They make promises to doctors to get them to sign contracts and then do not follow through.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up a realize that your employees are your business. If you treat employees good, they'll treat your patients good. You'll never get better patient or employee satisfaction scores until you learn to care about the people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Management is the pits

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Naples, FL

    ProsNice office, 9-5 working hours, staff is friendly and hard working

    ConsSr. management is ineffectual. It was the "old boys network". Many executives got to positions of power doing nothing. They are not leaders. Treat the IT staff like animals, always laying off the good workers and keeping the bottom dwellers. Staff is overworked and underpaid. No clear direction set. A lot of "positioning" by management. As a public company, tried to set corporate governance, but was a joke. No advancement, and became scapegoat to anything gone wrong. No accountability, and only interested in profit and bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the bums and put in resources that embrace change, quality of care and advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor Management

    Registration (Current Employee) Amory, MS

    ProsI work with some really great people in some of the departments. I love working with patients and taking care of their needs.

    ConsThis hospital is run by management who care about the all mighty dollar. My job title is one title description, however I work 4 different jobs for the price of one. I am doing jobs that nurses should be doing and not registration. Upper management does not care about their employees-we work with poor equipment that only works half the time, one raise in the 4 years I have been here, and the employees who do hard a job do not get recognized. They changed our ins plan from cigna, which was decent, to humana where premiums went up, then they tell us to take the lesser plan because we will save money, but if you look at it, by doing so, you will benefiting them because HMA is out less money on deductibles and oop expense. Hours are constantly being cut, but they expect you to do a 40-50 hour week job in 32 hours or so which leave employees disgruntled ergo effects patient care. We have lost many good and valuable employees because of policy changes, poor management, and no offering of competitive wages. I was so proud when I first started to work for a HMA hospital, but when I here patients complain of the care and the quality of our hospital, I just hang my head.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe programs upper management creates like getting to great, actually follow that slogan. Hire management that cares and listens to employee input. Invest in some new equipment and tell your employees what a good job they are doing. I know if I was told every now and then what a great job I was doing or I meant something to this company, doing 4 jobs for the price of one and the lack of a raise wouldn't hurt so bad. Invest, invest, invest....Invest in your employees and hospital to give the best service possibe then you would see more productivity out of your employees and happier patients. Give us an incentive to want to come to work and actually happy to be here....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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