Ginny Latham: Craig residents need a new hospital

To the editor:

As a hospital employee and a member of the community, I would like to bring a fresh outlook on the things going on at The Memorial Hospital.

Yes, I am a hospital employee, and no, I am not one of those who lost their job, so you might think that makes me biased. That would be your prerogative, but I should hope you would still listen to my outlook.

You and I know that the board and administration at the hospital have had to make some very tough and not so popular decisions of late, but they have never once lost sight of the reason that we are here, and that is to give our community top quality health care.

If we are going to keep giving quality health care to the members of our community, we desperately need a new hospital. A new hospital isn't something the board wants; it is something Craig residents need.

Also, there never was any threat of condemnation to the properties on Russell Street that were purchased by the hospital. These homes were purchased at a very fair price, and most of the sellers initiated the process by approaching the hospital administrator to start negotiations.

I do not pretend for a moment to know all that is going on, and I am an employee on the front lines, so to speak. So perhaps the people of the community who don't have all the facts and surely have no idea what is really going on behind the scenes should step back and let those who do know get the job done.

I don't necessarily agree with all of the decisions that have been made by the hospital board and management, but I, for one, would not want to be in the position of making the decisions they have had to make. These decisions have not been easy, and none of them have been made lightly.

The board of directors at the hospital, just like you and I, are members of our community, and when they have to make cuts, it is not easy for them. Just like any other business in Craig or elsewhere, they have to consider all aspects and then make the best choice for the future of our community -- not just what might make it easier for the here and now.

I would hope that especially this time of year, we could stop stabbing at each other with our thoughtless angry words, and remember the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." And just be thankful that it's not you that has to make these very hard, unpopular decisions. Now, as time passes and the storms die down, hopefully, we can embrace one another and begin the healing process.

Proud to be a TMH employee,

Ginny Latham

Craig

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