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Letter: Missing compassion

My wife Elaine is an Emergency Department nurse at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She loves her job. Let me say that again, loves her job. Many days during the course of the month, she will call and say she has to stay late. Stay late in the E.D. Think about that for a minute. When she gets home from a 12-hour-plus shift generally she has not had anything to eat the entire day and is physically and emotionally exhausted. All of the nurses do it, full and part time.

I just read the open letter from Chuck Gijanto, president of Baystate Regional Markets in The Recorder from Oct. 3. In his full page remarks, he outlined briefly some of the proposals to its employees with “Substantial compromises to consider.” Call and ask what those “overtime” proposal are. Ask the nurses, how they feel?

In Mr. Gijanto’s last two paragraphs, he wrote of the tactics used by the MNA to discredit its leaders to sway public opinion. The MNA has done nothing to damage “community trust.” It has done just the opposite with keeping the public informed of managements actions. Gijanto’s closing paragraph and opening sentence “deepest respect, knowledge, experience, compassion and skill” comes with “compensation” and I think the community would embrace it.

JOHN GOODHIND

Sunderland

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