Like many Tri-Citians, I have noted the expansion of Kadlec’s presence across the Tri-Cities community with the addition of towers, floors, rooms and urgent care centers.
This seems like a sincere investment in the community by Kadlec until what appears to be a serious shortcoming — their ongoing negotiations with their nurses. The Kadlec management team appears to have forgotten a basic engineering premise, that any building is only as good as its foundation. For a hospital, that foundation is the health care staff, but especially their nurses. I hope Kadlec’s management team remembers this as they go back to the negotiating table.
As good as the doctors and administrative staff may be at Kadlec, the nurses are the face of Kadlec for patients and their families. Nurses are there around the clock to answer questions and comfort people in very trying times. How Kadlec treats this resource will speak volumes to the Tri-Cities community and whether or not they value our family members and neighbors.
I’m sure the rate of return for investing in the nurses is much higher than that for investing in a parking garage, which will never care for or comfort a patient. Invest wisely Kadlec!
John D. Twomey, Kennewick