I have been called many things, grandpa, nurse, husband, brother, and some I choose not to repeat. I am retired as a RN in an emergency room at a community hospital and I serve as Executive Vice President of AFT Connecticut. This blog is about my views and my life.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Letter to the editor of the Norwich Bulletin
Backus Hospital has served the Norwich community for over 100 years.
Our mission is to care for the health care needs of the community,
something we do with love and pride.
The healthcare industry is changing and many of our community hospitals are
The conversion of some community hospitals may be inevitable. However, any
conversion should be carried out in a public, comprehensive and holistic manner.
The bill currently being considered by the Legislature concerning nonprofit
hospital conversionsto for-profit would establish a clear, transparent
process that would hold health managementcorporations accountable.
The Norwich community deserves better than an interruption of care
or loss of access whennonprofit community hospitals are taken over
by for-profit corporations, such as Tenet HealthCare Corporation of Texas.
The nurses of Backus are committed to preserving community access
to quality care for the peopleof the Norwich area, whom we have
cared for at the bedside for over 100 years.
That is why I strongly support this legislation.
As an Emergency Department RN, I ask the Norwich community to stand
with us in protecting all of Connecticut’s community hospitals.
John Brady is president of the Backus Federation of Nurses