In response to the Altoona Mirror article on June 16, "CEO: Hospital On Target for Merger," it was reported that the Altoona Regional CEO Jerry Murray sent a letter to employees concerning the news of UPMC's acquisition of the hospital.
As the article stated, Murray noted that "questions from the community have been rare," yet this letter came the day after a group of concerned citizens delivered over 2,000 petition signatures to the hospital administration (I am one of those signers).
Did the CEO or anyone on the board even bother to read or acknowledge the questions raised on the petition?
There's another disturbing point to note that was not reported in the article.
In the letter, Murray stated if anyone had "rumors" to report or questions to continue calling the "affiliation hotline."
If one were to call that number, you get a voice mail and recorded message.
I am retired from the hospital but keep in touch with a lot of my former co-workers, and not a single employee of the hospital I've spoken to knew that this number even existed.
How would the hospital administration even know whether or not there are questions from the community if they hold no public meetings or publicize the so-called hotline number?
Additionally, employees received a new newsletter, "Becoming UPMC Altoona" to inform employees on what's going on with the acquisition and promised cake, treats and caricature drawings on July 1 to celebrate the closing of the deal.
I find this behavior from the hospital insulting and arrogant. What employees and the community want is not to be treated like a bunch of children but as adults, with an open process to involve us and give real answers.
I guess the hundreds of people who took the time to sign a petition stating concerns don't count.
Janet Brungo, Coalport