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Written by: Vester Gravley on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Posted in:

Quiet, peaceful, serene; just the way a hospital unit ought to be so that patients can get the rest they need to recover and get well. Except, there are no patients. The unit has been abandoned. Like a ghost town it sits empty, still, eerie. According to Wikipedia: “A ghost town is an abandoned village, town or city, usually one which contains substantial visible remains… A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed…”

In a recent blog I noted that George Halvorson, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO was quoted in a New York Times profile, forecasting that; “…key to re-engineering healthcare for greater efficiency is moving care away from the hospital setting.” Two random articles since continue to indicate that acute care patient volumes are down and continue to fall. [1], [2]

The most recent article portrays the reduction as a boon, positioning it in the light of “cost savings.” By consolidating excess beds of the various hospitals in the state, one whole hospital can be eliminated: a savings of $116 million dollars. Reportedly, this can be accomplished “without compromising care delivery.” Presumably the building would be put to some other use? Or perhaps it will just sit, deserted, empty, a haunt for those who tell imaginative stories to frighten wide eyed children?

Anybody else feel a new Paranormal TV series coming on?