Why does Valley Hospital really want single patient rooms?
Valley Hospital’s pitch to the Planning Board about needing Single Patient rooms stresses privacy and infection control, but have you ever wondered if there might be some other motivation to spending $750+ million? The hospital would have to borrow a large part of the money and the bonds would need to be repaid?
According to two articles referenced below, the reason is purely economic. Single patient rooms are:
· cheaper to maintain
· allow higher fees to charged and so increase revenue
· SHORTER LENGTH OF STAY (ie more patient treated per year for the same number of beds)
The implications are obvious for Ridgewood. Part of Valley Hospital’s (unpublicized) strategy, is to increase revenue by increasing patent turnover and increasing fees. This means more car journey’s through Ridgewood streets by out-of-town patients and their visitors. These same roads are funded by the taxpayers of Ridgewood, through land and state taxes. Road maintenance, police coverage and fire Village services are not paid for by the Hospital who pays no taxes or taxes-in-lieu like other hospitals in the area.
Valley Hospital and the many companies, trusts and corporations that provide health related services that feed off the Hospital campus are planning to gain FINACIALLY from community’s loss in quality of life through increase traffic. Do not be a passive bystander and allow this to happen.
Trinity College Dublin
“International research shows that actually single beds are cheaper to run and more cost-effective for service provisions. For a fuller review of the evidence on the lower costs of providing services in single rooms see Hugodot and Normand (2007).The reasons for the lower costs of care include lower nursing costs, shorter lengths of stay…”
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“…They calculated that an array of therapeutic design innovations, such as single-patient rooms and decentralized nursing stations, added almost $12 million in cost (about 6 percent) to the hospital reconstruction. However, the researchers also determined that the hospital would recoup these costs in as little as one year through operational savings and increased revenue.”