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A moral obligation

Dear Editor:

As an employer, I understand that it is not always possible for outsiders to understand decisions made because circumstances may not be able to be taken at face value and policy prevents transparency. However, I also think there is a practical and a moral obligation to work with staff when there are issues and to bend over backward to try to find solutions. No one should be fired without warning.

The news that Barbara Stirling was dismissed without “due process” makes me nuts. She has been the steady shining light of hope and support for literally hundreds of frightened people at a time when they are facing a terrifying challenge in their lives. I know she was an important source of comfort for Uncle Chuck and for Toad ” for Nick and for Bonnie. My God, if I start listing the patients who basked in her attention this letter will never end.

Three years ago, Barbara was the reason that I felt safe staying in town for my chemotherapy, in spite of my fears and doubts about the state of affairs at AVH. (At that time morale was at its lowest point ever, and there was temporary leadership trying to hold things together.) Barbara was a beacon of reassurance for me. Perhaps there is some explanation to make this decision palatable, but without knowing what it is, I find the treatment unconscionable.

Georgia Hanson


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