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Whidbey General: Patients First accounting needed
Jan. 26 I visited the newly remodeled Whidbey General Hospital for a routine mammogram. I stopped by administration to verify the date of the next board meeting. I was struck with the stark contrast between the wood-toned warmth of the administrative quarters and the ceiling stained cheerlessness of the mammography room.
In a remarkable example of The Emperors New Clothes the Whidbey General administrators call their program Patients First while focusing mainly on their own comfort and privilege -- with cuts in basic staff and continued use of outdated equipment necessary for funding of their enterprise.
As a taxpaying citizen I demand a detailed public accounting of the amount spent to date on Patients First: as well as the results of inpatient and employee satisfaction surveys since the programs inception.
Carolyn A. Kinch