All along, administrators at Ingham Regional Medical Center have been saying quality of care and services will not be affected during the nurses’ strike. News Ten has learned it may not exactly be business as usual inside the hospital walls.
Picketing nurses say surgeries have been cancelled and patients may be going elsewhere for care. A patient awaiting heart surgery at Ingham Regional contacted News Tens saying her procedure had been delayed, signals crossed is how she put it.
David Eich, spokesperson for I.R.M.C., says a handful of surgeries have been cancelled although he's not sure how many were called off by patients and how many were cancelled by staff. Eich says patient numbers are healthy and the quality of care has not changed.
As to if Sparrow is picking up patients shying away from Ingham Regional, a spokesperson had no comment. An insider tells News Ten its emergency room has been busier than usual and the typical wait time tripled Wednesday, the first day of the nurses’ strike at Ingham Regional Medical Center.