Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Add my voice, and that of my 91-year-old mom, to the growing chorus of opposition to the proposed gutting of Glen Cove Hospital.
I was born there. My dad died there. My mom has received post-stroke care---twice---in its ER, ICU, and rehab facility. Many years ago, as a young housewife, she and other women went door-to-door to collect money to help get this hospital started.
I speak for the residents of Glen Cove who, like my parents, are elderly and have difficulty traveling. No way my dad could have visited Mom every day at some distant hospital---where? When my dad was on his deathbed, should he have been bundled off somewhere so that Mom, his wife of 66 years, could not possibly be with him in his final hours? Would this have been considered a “best practice?” If Mom had not received immediate ICU care after her strokes, would she have survived them? Easy decisions made by young healthy executives in luxurious offices far from Glen Cove will have a sad and dire impact not only on the patients but upon their families as well.
Mr. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ, in his Letter From the CEO (found on the LIJ webpage) expounds at length about how important “quality” is to his organization. Talk is cheap, Mr. Dowling: if you truly care about
the physical and mental well-being of the folks who live in my home town---prove it! Keep the hospital open. It is not merely a money-maker for you---it is an integral part of life for the entire city of Glen Cove.
My support and applause to all those fighting to keep the hospital alive.
Amy S. Fredrick