Featured letter: Med Ctr board didn't put community first
To: the Editor —
To say we were shocked to learn of my father’s “resignation” from Block Island Medical Center is an understatement. Last week’s article covered a few facts, but there were glaring omissions between the lines. If the board wishes for transparency, as noted in the article, maybe they forgot a few things.
My father has worked long hours, and has had to work weekends for years, because he had to prepare for Monday meetings. Many of our visits (with his first grandchild) have been spent with fleeting moments of his presence as he prepped for yet another board meeting. He has been dedicated to the Medical Center and the Block Island community as a full-time resident and friend to many. He has assisted for years with organizing the Mary D. Ball. He shouldered two positions so the medical center would not need to carry two payrolls. Even in the wake of his “resignation,” he was still tying up a few loose ends to make it an easier transition.
The board’s actions do not put the community first, and unfortunately, the lost donations will only hurt the greater population. My father used his position in the community to grow the membership and donations... You can’t outsource that.
If there is any good to come of this, it is my father’s release from the recent stresses he has had to endure at the hands of the board. He is a quiet, stoic man who does not believe in speaking ill of others, so he never voiced his frustrations. But his mood after work and meetings was an obvious response to what he was subjected to at the board’s hands. He has already made plans to take advantage of his newly found free time and visit his granddaughter next week. (A recent photo is enclosed.)
We would like to thank the community for their continued support of my father.
Becky (Stover), Bogdan, and Sofia Suciu
Lynn, MA and Block Island, RI