Letters to the Editor

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Tag: multicare

March
18th

MULTICARE: Watch out for mystery liens

Re: “Suit accuses Multicare of violating policy over use of medical liens” (TNT, 3-17).

I received a letter from the attorney in the lawsuit against Multicare regarding two liens that had been filed against me in August 2012 by Multicare and the Hunter Donaldson collection agency. This was in connection with an accident in which I was involved in July 2012.

This was the first I had heard that this action had been taken. It seems very underhanded to file liens and not even notify the person involved!

I received no monies as a result of this accident, and

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May
6th

MULTICARE: Growing too big, too fast

Re: “Suit Against MultiCare says its liens were fraudulent” (TNT, 5-5).

I’m not surprised by this article. When companies grow too fast, it is impossible to fight the bureaucracy; most people don’t have the means or the time to look into all the inefficiencies.

A good example of this is the East Pierce Fire District. Ask anyone from Edgewood or Milton what happened to their hometown fire department, and I bet no one can tell you.

 

March
11th

TRANSIT: Don’t add Link line to Stadium Way

Several of Sound Transit’s proposed routes for extending the Tacoma Link include constructing a rail line running up Stadium Way. This is a bad idea.

Stadium Way is a main arterial connecting Interstate 705 and Interstate 5 to the Stadium District, Upper Old Town along North Tacoma Avenue, Multicare facilities, and surrounding residential and commercial areas. This thoroughfare carries heavy auto traffic; many travelers who cannot depend on public transit due to destinations or trip origins outside the transit boundaries or at long distances from transit routes.

Closed now during reconstruction, Stadium normally accommodates school and transit buses in addition

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Nov.
29th

TACOMA: Council right to increase B&O tax

Re: “Hospitals lose break, car fees rise” (TNT, 11-28).

I find all the outrage and hand-wringing over the Tacoma City Council’s decision not to include a sunset clause when increasing the business and occupation tax for MultiCare and Franciscan health systems very instructive.

We are told that increasing the B&O tax on these two large corporations should have a sunset clause as the city’s budget problems are only temporary.

I guess I missed this argument in March when the council voted to increase the sales tax by 0.1 percent and just recently approved a $20 tax on car tabs.

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May
8th

TACOMA: What should have happened instead of Walmart

Now that we are stuck with a Walmart store that we don’t need and that will have a negative impact on the area, here is what should have happened: MultiCare and Columbia Bank should have purchased the Elks property and turned it into a park, playground and green space.

How nice that would have been. Sorry I didn’t have enough cash to buy it myself.

 

Sep.
22nd

JOBS: Orton Junction would be a jobs boost

I was struck by two stories in your paper. First, Pierce County’s unemployment is now nearly 10 percent (TNT, 9-20). Second, Hallmark is now creating greeting cards for getting laid off (TNT, 9-21). Think of this: enough people are getting laid off that Hallmark believes they can make money selling these cards.

There’s lots of talk about the economy and building jobs. It’s time to stop talking and start doing something about it. The Pierce County Council needs to pass the proposal from Sumner that would allow the Orton Junction project to be built and create jobs here

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Sep.
22nd

MULTICARE: CEO, others should share the burden

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

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July
18th

MULTICARE: Find alternatives to layoffs

Re: “MultiCare doctor calls for voluntary wage cuts” (TNT, 7-18).

Our Tacoma neighbors are facing 350 layoffs at MultiCare – a company that can’t figure out any other way to scrape up the millions to pay their executives than to layoff off 350 working people. These are real families who are terrified of the future without health care and no jobs and our state already burdened with unemployment.

One doctor at MultiCare offered to cut his pay. Come on, MultiCare, get creative. Offer early retirement, cut pay for the top, negotiate a cut in pay for everyone, tighten the system’s

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