It is outrageous that the Rutland Regional Medical Center intends to change the pension plans of their nurses.
While in the waiting room for our ration of care at the hospital, much conversation ensues among patients regarding the wonderful work the nurses at the hospital do, and how important it is to us to keep the continuity of care going. If answering honestly, any provider at the hospital would have to state that their own delivery of care to patients would be impossible without the nurses. This continuity could be compromised while the hospital takes from these professionals what they say would be significant savings to the institution. RRMC should not jump on the current bandwagon of raiding pensions of its nurses.
The hospital continues to waste money on television advertising. No one goes to RRMC because they saw an advertisement on TV, nor will advertising keep them coming.
While the Bush administration continues to allow unsafe releases of mercury and other carcinogens into the atmosphere, and continues to allow the production of genetically modified seeds, the hospital is not going to run out of patients any time soon, with the opposite being true. Our air will be contaminated, as well as our vegetation and the livestock that feeds from it. RRMC's cancer patient influx will grow to proportions that it may not be ready for. One way to prepare is to make every effort to retain the nurses it has and to hire even more of these dedicated people with fringe benefits they deserve.
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