Rural hospital had staff making trips to Dollar General, former nurse says

A former nurse says Sheridan (Mich.) Community Hospital was mismanaged by leadership and lacked supplies — so much so that nursing staff went to Dollar General to make purchases, reports local WOOD TV's investigative team, Target 8.

Former SCH nurse Teresa Baker, RN, approached WOOD TV after news broke of the hospital CEO's termination. Ms. Baker shared a letter with the news station that she wrote to human resources last year when she retired. In the letter, Ms. Baker noted the difficulties of running a rural hospital but said, "Patient care has suffered," due to leadership and a "toxic environment that permeates the hospital."

The rural hospital's board fired CEO Randy Flechsig last week. Mr. Flechsig has denied claims of mismanagement. He previously told WOOD TV the hospital was doing well after it outsourced inpatient services.

In her letter, Ms. Baker alleges staff were disrespected, intimidated and overworked. She said the hospital did not have enough supplies, "nursing staff has gone to the Dollar General store," and surgeries have been delayed because of a lack of supplies. 

She did not receive a response to her letter, according to the report.

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Editor's note: This story was updated at 3:50 p.m. CT. It incorrectly stated Mr. Flechsig said the hospital's financial difficulties stemmed from a decision to outsource inpatient services. Mr. Flechsig said the hospital was operating well after the decision to outsource services. 

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