To the editor:
In response to Mr. Bill Doupé's "exclusive" news article in The McDuffie Progress on Saturday regarding the future of MRMC, employees of the McDuffie County Hospital should be concerned about their future. Sure, University Healthcare System would offer them a job. He says they would have to pass a screening, but he did not indicate where that job would be -- in Richmond County, in Columbia County.
How far would they have to drive, and how about their years of service to McDuffie County citizens? Their years of service would then be at the discretion of the University System Policies. We all know these employees would simply be offered a job doing whatever was available and possibly not even the same type of job they have trained for and currently have at our hospital. Employees, citizens and taxpayers should not be fooled by the "big business" talk about what will happen if the hospital authority decides to sell out to University Healthcare.
In my opinion, if our hospital has to partner with another hospital, why not partner with someone who will not expect us to abandon our present facility, which taxpayers have already voted to expand?
Of course, since everything has been discussed behind closed doors so citizens and taxpayers would not have any input, we do not know how many other prospective buyers the authority has been talking with or has shown around the hospital to see what we have to offer.
In his article, Mr. Doupé basically says citizens and taxpayers should be quiet until we know the facts. However, we do not know the facts because he and the authority continue to hide behind the "confidentiality agreement." This is simply their way of keeping everybody in the dark as they decide what is in our best interest regarding the hospital. If the University Healthcare proposal is so wonderful, why has the information not been made public?
Mary Stone Welch, LPN