I am a nurse. My primary goal is to care for others. Usually, I care for an individual, but in this case, it is the whole region I want to protect. I am proud to work at Glens Falls Hospital, so when The Post-Star publishes negative stories about us, it hurts. Your newspaper insults me, the nurses, physicians, and other staff that care and work every day to ensure the best outcomes for our patients despite the financial difficulty the hospital is experiencing.
I know that at the recent community forum held by Dianne Shugrue, CEO, she shared positive accomplishments made by the hospital which would provide an uplifting story about the excellence in the region. So why did The Post-Star choose to publish about salaries at the hospital instead? Without those highly paid people there would be no talent at the hospital because you can't hire people below market rates. Your readers on social media have commented on how ridiculous the compensation is. Believe me, I wish the market rate for nurses was higher, but that is a global problem, not a local one. An internet search shows that Dianne Shugrue made less in 2017 than other area hospital CEOs did in 2012 according to Becker's Hospital Review. The executives at the hospital and the physicians earn what the market dictates because if they didn't, they would work elsewhere. Cancer patients who need radiation every day shouldn't have to drive far distances because in Glens Falls we refuse to pay a radiation oncologist the market rate.
I want people in the community to know that Glens Falls Hospital is here for you, and when you walk through our doors we are going to give you excellent care because that is why we are here.
Jamie Aliperti, Saratoga Springs
Editor’s Note: The Post-Star coverage of the hospital’s financial troubles began when hospital officials met with the newspaper’s editorial board and provided its members with information about the hospital’s losses and struggles to survive. Since then, our coverage has focused on providing to the public as full and detailed a picture as possible of the hospital’s finances.