In regards to your June 29 article about St. Luke Medical Center, I take issue (with) the statement: "In addition to voluntary resignations, 44 employees were laid off, mostly workers in jobs unrelated to patient care such as secretarial, dietary and housekeeping duties."
As a clinical dietitian in a hospital and a member of the dietary department, I feel my role is in patient care, and that it is an important role. A sick person needs good nutrition as well as the proper care and medications to get well. That nutrition is provided by the dietary department.
I also feel that housekeeping plays a vital role in patient care since that depatment provides patients with clean and sanitary gowns and bed linens as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the hospital.
It is unfortunate that cuts made by those who run hospitals are made to those who provide patient care--because that really is who it is all about or it should be all about.