I want to inform Herald readers of a grave injustice that is proposed for the health care workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Providence is attempting to eliminate our sick leave benefit and leave thousands of front-line health care workers without the high quality health care we rely on not only for our own health but for our families’ health as well.
Without adequate sick leave time, and a living wage, we cannot take care of ourselves or our families, and likely will be unable to provide ourselves and the community as a whole with the quality health care that we all deserve.
Everyday our skills and compassion provide healing and comfort for those in our community. This is who we are and what we all want to be able to continue to do. Our greatest reward is seeing our patients through illness and injury and return them to healthy and active lives in the community. I have had many personal experiences helping care for a seriously injured patient and returned them to health.
Providence needs to provide the same care to its workers that we provide to our patients and community. It needs to keep our sick leave benefits in place so that we have the support that we need to provide the quality health care our communities deserve.