AVH in dire straights? | AspenTimes.com

AVH in dire straights?

Dear Editor:

Someone must be joking ” an oncology nurse is fired (“Nurse says Aspen hospital fired her without warning,” Oct. 16)? No “please, you aren’t following the rules with the paperwork” first, just “get outta here!”?

I can’t help but wonder: The nurse who was fired is 62 years old ” is there a pension fund, a retirement fund wrapped up in the deal? It’s just that usually when someone is retirement age and they want to get rid of them, they ask them to retire.

A month ago, I attended the new employee orientation at Aspen Valley Hospital, where Barbara worked. They spent an hour showing a slide show and giving a talk, begging the new employees (maids, janitors, lab technicians, laundry personnel, nurses) to give back “a day wages” to the hospital as a charitable donation. They also passed out forms and brochures asking for charity from the kids.

If the hospital is in such dire straights that they must fire wonderful nurses who spent their lives in the worst possible job ” trying to save cancer patients ” and also intimidating new young employees to give up some of their pay so that it can function, the hospital must be near breaking point.

Won’t some of you rich folk make a contribution?

Donna Thompson


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