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Hospital deal lacks common sense




To the Concerned citizens of McDuffie County:

McDuffie citizens will just have to use their common sense. If the hospital employees lose their jobs at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center, but are offered a job in the University System, just what does that mean?

Oh yes, they have to pass a screening before being offered a job. And how far will the new employees have to drive to work? Does that sound like job security to someone with good common sense?

Mr. Doupé has told us that according to the University CEO, Jim Davis, the employees of MRMC will be offered a job within the University System. The way I see it, this is just the talk of big business. If you are a nurse at MRMC, you may be offered a job on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta, Ga., or you could be offered a job as a mail sorter with a significant pay cut. You would still be within the University System!

Mr. Doupé should not tell us to be quiet until we know the facts when he hides behind "confidentiality."

How can anyone sleep when they are worrying about the jobs of their children, wives, mothers and fathers?

If the hospital has to partner with another hospital, someone with common sense can say that is good. But why do we have to abandon our present facility that taxpayers have voted to expand? That is not good common sense!

Quorum, our hospital management group, was paid over $400,000 as per the recent tax return and the CEO over $150,000 in salary. What can we show for this?

Let's take back that money and get to work to save our hospital! Closing the hospital would have an adverse effect on our economy.

How many prospective buyers has the hospital talked to, welcomed with open arms, and shown around so they could have a good look at what we have in the way of an excellent hospital? Our first choice may not be the best choice. That is only common sense.

Maybe our hospital authority should lighten up, look around, use some good common sense and get some sleep.

James M. Lonergan



Web posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011













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