Military furloughs may impact care at Madigan Army Medical Center

“It’sfrustratingforustocomeinandhearthosecallsandthinkIwasn’ttheretohelpthatperson,”saidJennifer-CariGreen,whoworksinthehospital’sneurosurgerydepartment.
Greenisoneofnearly6,700civilianandmilitaryemployeesthatarefurloughedonFridaysthroughSeptember.Thetimeoffaccountsforanearly20%paycut.
“$580,that’slikemyrentthat’sgoneoutofmybudget,”shesaid.
Thesinglemomsaysit’snotjustherfamilythat’shurting,patientsaretoo.
“Somehavebeenveryfrustrated,”saidGreen.
Whenshe’snotatworkintheneurosurgerydepartment,Greensayssurgeriescan’tbescheduledandcallsforcarearesenttoansweringmachine.
“Brainsurgeriesatmilitaryhospitalsarebeingdelayedbecauseofcutsfromsequestration,”saidSen.PattyMurray,D-WA,ontheSenateFloorThursday.
Onfurloughdays,someclinicsatthesubstanceabusecenteratMadiganareclosed,othersstayopenbutwithlongerwaittimeswithreducedstaffing.
“It’sbeentough,”saidGreen.
Greensaysmilitaryfamiliesdeservebetter.
“Theyhaveenoughtoworryaboutwithoutwonderiftheircareisbeingcompromised,”shesaid.
AccordingtoMadiganofficials,itreceived661-furloughexemptionsforworkersthatdealwithbehavioralhealthandcriticalcare.Thehospitalisalsostaggeringfurloughdaysthroughouttheweek,tolessentheirimpact.
Despitereductioninservices,officialssaytheywon’tallowthecutstocompromisethesafe,qualitycareitcurrentlyprovides.


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