“Walking on a Dream” is the twelfth episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” and looks at how the hospital plans to overcome the financial hardship created by the settlement from the plane crash. The episode aired Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Owen announces to the staff that the hospital has decide to bring in a physician advisor who will be observing the day to day operations in the hospital in an effort to find ways to make cuts and save money.
Dr. Lana Cahill is the consultant brought in and she makes everyone nervous from the get-go. First she experiences a 45 minute wait to see a doctor in the ER when she poses a patient. Then she sees Arizona having a breakdown in the lounge over her phantom limb condition. Next she studies the OR board and decides what surgeries she will observe. Jo lies and tells her Derek’s surgery is later in the day than it is because he already indicated he didn’t want observers.
Later she sees Arizona come apart in surgery when the phantom limb kicks in again. Cahill wonders what is wrong with Arizona and whether or not she should even be in the OR.
She questions the usefulness and cost of Alex’s program to provide surgical services to African orphans. Even learning that the services are provided for free and the other costs are covered by endowments, she is not satisfied.
Everyone is on pins and needles as they sit down the conference room to hear the results of Cahill’s recommendations. Cristina protests the cutting of Alex’s program before Cahill can even say a word. When Cristina finishes, Cahill says the program is safe because it is a PR goldmine for the hospital.
Her recommendation is to cut the ER completely. This draws wide negative response from the surgeons who work with a Level 1 ER at their disposal. It is Bailey who comes to Cahill’s defense saying that the consultant is trying to save jobs and keep the hospital open. Not all of them have millions of dollars to fall back and need to keep their jobs. This doesn’t sit well either but the staff quiets down and listens to Cahill.
Cahill tells them the ER is a resource sponge, using surgical doctors to treat patients who could be served equally well by their physicians in their offices. Whether a visit takes 45 minutes to treat or 10, the resources could be put to better use.
Will Seattle Grace lose the ER and its “pit?” What other cuts will Cahill recommend and will anyone lose their job over it? Tune in Thursday, Jan. 14 for the next episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” to find out.
For more on “Walking on a Dream,” check out these other Grey’s Anatomy articles:
- ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episode 9-12 ‘Walking on a Dream’ Arizona fights phantom limb
- ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episode 12 Meredith’s pregnancy hormones rage
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