By Murielle Bouchard
In June, Henry Stumm73 years old, anesthetist for 44 years at the Lillebonne Tous Vents clinic, between Rouen and Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) sounded the alarm arguing that if the recruiting campaign was not successful then the clinic was threatened with closure. At the beginning of October, with several other doctorshe has bought the establishment.
“We took the bull by the horns to move forward”
Since 1997, the Tous Vents clinic in Lillebonne has been attached to the local hospital. A first in France. The two establishments help each other to ensure that they offer a population pool “of 100,000 inhabitants access to the most complete care”, explains Henri Stumm. But the Covid has been there and has caused many emissions at the clinic. After several months of waiting, the doctors moved up a gear in October.
Things weren’t progressing, we decided with three quarters of the 11 doctors to take the bull by the horns, to buy the clinic so that we could get it back on the road and prevent it from disappearing. Our population base corresponds to approximately 100,000 inhabitants between Rouen and Le Havre, access to care nearby, mainly for the elderly, those who cannot move around well, is a priority for us.
Hospitalization partially reopens
And the first big change will take place from December 19. The clinic for lack of staff only worked on an outpatient basis. Its new director and daughter of the anesthetist, Sixtine Stumm is proud to announce: “We managed to find a nurse to partially reopen the hospital from Monday to Thursday. »
VIDEO. Recruitment once again launched on the networks
And to hope that “the recruitment launched once again recently on the networks of at least four day and night nurses will allow us to gradually offer full hospitalization again every day of the week”. The clinic now has 36 members of staff: including 11 doctors, 12 nurses and seven nursing assistants in block.
Only in this way, according to the director, “we can develop and say that the clinic is saved for good. Surgeons are now looking for establishments that do more than outpatients”.
A good first for the patients, the clinic recorded before the Covid 6000 acts on average per year but also for the doctors who officiate at the moment. “Some are close to retirement, Obviously they will have to be replaced. while growing our business. »
A major challenge, “always in this context of war between large and small towns”, discovered Henri Stumm.
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