Letter: All about money
I am writing in response to recent letters regarding the contract between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the unionized nurses. I am a 32-year employee of Baystate Franklin. When I started here, it was known as Franklin County Public Hospital. I have seen the face of health care change drastically through the years, most recently in regard to the economics of the health-care system.
The reality is that hundreds of small hospitals across the country have had to close because of declining revenues. My colleagues and I have witnessed, firsthand, that Baystate Franklin has benefited time and time again from the partnership with Baystate Medical Center.
It seems the nursing leadership and the MNA would like the public to believe that this was about patient safety. I and many other long-term non-union employees would like to let the community know that this is an incredibly safe place, which we trust implicitly to care for our own families time and time again. The non-union employees have in fact taken the cuts that the union fought (almost 2 years ago). We realize that sacrifices must be made for our “Franklin” to survive in a very tough economic climate. We had to adapt and we are doing OK. I am personally very grateful to have a great job so close to home.
Given the economic issues in Franklin County in general, it is interesting that a nursing leader would refer to a $1,000 bonus as a “pittance.” This was not about safety, this was about the money.