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Whatever were you thinking when, during a worldwide pandemic, you fire, dismiss and furlough over 200 personnel, all of whom may be critical to the care of the communities in Curry County! Are the almighty dollar and your “bottom line” worth the lives of the citizens of these communities?

It is indeed a sad day when doctors are given notice because “they cost the hospital too much”.

And the saddest thing is none of this was shared with the communities you serve before you did it. You and the Board of Directors have decided that to save the hospital, not the people, you will cut costs by depleting it of the very reason the hospital exists……people to care for people when they are sick and in need.

How dare you? Where am I supposed to go now that my orthopedist is no longer available or when I need a consultation with my cardiologist. Not to mention a sudden change in my primary care MD, negotiated by a phone call. All three of my care providers are no longer there, to provide me the support and care I need. How dare you do this!

Your hospital has been in the “red” since you took over. Is it because of the cost of personnel or poor management? Maybe you and the board should take a long look at what you have done, all in the name of “health care” for the county you serve.

Carol Betush

Brookings

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