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MULTICARE: CEO, others should share the burden

Letter by Kathleen P. Petrulli, Gig Harbor on Sep. 22, 2011 at 11:58 am | 25 Comments »
September 22, 2011 11:58 am

As a former MultiCare employee, I am angry to hear about the planned layoff of staff.

The News Tribune revealed that the CEO has received millions of dollars in compensation. I find it hard to reconcile this level of compensation when MultiCare is a “not for profit” hospital system. Jobs could be saved if the CEO and others were willing to share the burden.

I recently learned that the director of pastoral care was laid off. There will no longer be a full-time chaplain to care for the spiritual needs of patients and their families. I think this was a very shortsighted decision.

I know how much the chaplain service provides support beyond what may be written in a job description. If the hospital’s mandate is to provide the best care possible, then so much that goes on behind the scenes can never be measured in dollars and cents.

I would ask, “Do you want the hospital to remain a center of excellence?” If the answer is yes, then those at the top must be willing to give back to save jobs.

Achieving financial stability by laying off staff is simply wrong. It’s time to do the right thing and to give back to those who deserve it the most.

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