Letter: Conklin 'Disappointed' in Proposed Cuts for Mount Nittany Health Workers
I am proud to have served the people of Centre County for almost 15 years now as your state representative. I care for this community and I am deeply concerned about the current situation surrounding Mount Nittany Medical Center and the changes and disruptions being proposed. Changes and disruptions, that I hope will not threaten the premier quality care at the hospital.
For decades, workers at Mount Nittany Medical have dedicated their lives to caring for Centre County and the surrounding communities. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit our area in March, these brave healthcare workers stepped up, risking their own health and lives to protect and care for their patients. These workers are heroes and should be treated as such.
That is why I’m disappointed to learn that during recent contract negotiations, cuts to wages and benefits for healthcare workers were proposed. Mount Nittany Medical Center is an extremely successful non-profit, community hospital. Its guiding mission has always been to lift-up and care for the Centre County community and its caregivers.
As the Covid-19 pandemic begins to grow in our area once again, caregivers at Mount Nittany Medical Center will again put their own lives and health at risk to care for us. It is their hard work and dedication that earned Mount Nittany Medical Center a five-star rating, one of only 14 hospitals in Pennsylvania that share that distinction.
Now is not the time to shortchange our own healthcare. We should be investing in it by investing in the front-line caregivers who are essential to it. These heroes have earned it.
Rep. Scott Conklin