Dr. Rajesh Mohan, Chief Medical Officer of Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, has resigned from his position, despite a stellar record and achieving a stunning turnaround of the hospital’s performance and prospects moving forward.
Dr. Mohan is credited with working with the medical staff, nursing and hospital staff to significantly improve patient care at the hospital, while improving MMCSC’s finances with positive results. Since implementing his patient-centered strategies, which included improving cardiovascular services with advanced technologies like FFR-CT having been added to the hospital’s repertoire, MMCSC has seen growth in patient services as well as a financial turnaround.
His determination towards the development of a patient-centered culture at MMCSC is believed to have been the reason for the hospital and it’s staff to be able to manage the unexpected onslaught of COVID-19 so commendably.
Dr. Mohan, who assumed the CMO position in 2017, has recently published a book, COVIDSLAYERS (available on Amazon) that laid bare the dysfunction and profit-over-patient-care attitude that guided much of the healthcare system in the United States over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, with physicians and nurses trying to overcome hurdles to take care of patients on a regular basis in the best possible way, safely, while finding themselves mostly at odds with non-frontline healthcare administrators and politicians. Dr. Mohan lays out how administrators, politicians, and others in positions of power with misplaced priorities, incompetence, and deep insecurities used job-preservation tactics to advance their own agenda, at the expense of the well-being of patients and communities.
The same mishandling of the pandemic crisis is now being seen in the bungled rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, Dr. Mohan says. In COVIDSLAYERS, he advocates that for the healthcare system to change for the better, the apathy, lack of knowledge and arrogance among non-medical administrators and politicians must be replaced with active physician leaders and clinical nurse leaders who not only have an ongoing experience and knowledge of reality and challenges on the frontlines but the wisdom and will to achieve positive, timely and efficient results. Otherwise, people in power will continue their misguided actions or dwell in their inaction, perpetuating suffering and damage to people and communities.