It is amazing to me that once again this community is losing a health care facility. The McHenry Surgery Center, owned by Doctors Medical Center, opened in 1985, and is now closing due to a lack of scheduled surgeries. Is not 150 cases per month enough to warrant keeping this center open? Or should we force ourselves to use space in an already crowded facility which is using traveling nurses on a regular basis?
Many of the surgery center employees have been with Doctors Medical Center at this facility since the day the doors opened and have provided exceptional nursing care for more than 20 years. Now, some of these employees are being forced to take severance packages and not being offered employment at DMC, all while the hospital continues to hire new graduates at exorbitant salaries and novice skills.
I thought DMC was "the yardstick by which all other health care facilities are measured." Would other health care facilities not offer loyal employees continued employment? Where is the loyalty?
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