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DON'T GO BACK FROM HOSPITAL SEMIAUTONOMY

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Dear Source,
Re: Molly Morris' article, "Hospital Workers Say Complaints Are Ignored" dated 2/26/02:
I had the unique opportunity to work at the hospital a few years ago. Mr. Eugene Woods was the CEO at the time. Both Mr. Woods and Ms. Maureen Venzen, vice president of administration, were a pleasure to work with. Mr. Woods fought hard to achieve autonomy from government control. In August of 1999 semiautonomy was finally granted.
My primary health care experience is in small, medium, and large United States-based hospitals. The island facility is certainly at a disadvantage, compared to mainland hospitals, regarding resources and supplies.
When I arrived at the hospital in March 1999 it was still under complete government control. I was shocked at the poor conditions at the time.
Semiautonomy certainly has been helpful in a relatively short amount of time. Major improvements have been completed. Of course, more needs to be done. Health care is a constantly changing environment.
Not every employee is going to be happy in his or her workplace.
I hope that Sen. Norma Pickard-Samuel does not seriously consider a return to more government control of the hospital.
Richard D. Borruso, M.S., R.Ph.
Chief Executive Officer
Hospital Pharmacy Consultants Inc.
Toledo, OH

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