CA Hospital Patient's Death Betrays a Trust
Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing, treating sick and frightened people at their most vulnerable. And because of their noble and important work, healthcare professionals are held in high esteem. They are also paid more than most people, and held to a higher standard of behavior and accountability.
Try to imagine how Jim Ming -- Judith Ming's husband of more than 30 years -- is reacting to this unseemly public relations war waged over his wife's death. Maybe if labor and management had spent as much energy avoiding the strike as they did on damage control after Judith Ming's death, this tragedy could have been avoided.
The next time they go to the bargaining table the union and management should invite Jim Ming. He could remind them of what their priorities should be.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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