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Format: 04/21/2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Letter to the Editor

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I am writing in response "West Penn Allegheny Posts Profit," March 2 regarding the financial status of West Penn Hospital. While admittedly the hospital is experiencing economic difficulties, the statement [by Jan Jennings, CEO of American Healthcare Solutions] that "it is time for West Penn Allegheny to close West Penn Hospital" is absurd.

I have been a staff nurse at this hospital for 33 years and work in the neonatal intensive care unit. It is true that every employee has had to make sacrifices during these trying times. There have been many changes that have affected each and every one of us. However, there is one thing that has not changed at this hospital and that is the standard of excellence that every employee has maintained.

I would like to extend an invitation to Mr. Jennings to come and spend a day with my patients, their families and me and experience why we were the first magnet hospital in Pittsburgh.

The optimal level of care and dedication given at West Penn Hospital will not falter regardless of our financial status. Closing this institution would be a poor choice and affect thousands of people in the community who depend on our high level of care.

GINA McMURRAY
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