Your newspaper recently reported the lawsuit which was filed by a former nurse at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital for alleged sexual harassment. Because of the inflammatory allegations, we believe it is necessary to point out that there are always two sides to any lawsuit.
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital employs competent professionals to provide nursing services to our patients. Patient care is our primary concern. The environment in which our employees work contributes to the quality of patient care. In order to maintain our level of nursing care we recognize that the working surroundings must allow the nursing staff, as well as all of our employees, to feel confident, motivated, professionally satisfied and supported by the administration.
The hospital has had a policy against sexual harassment for years and the nursing staff has been advised to come forward with complaints either in person or anonymously, whichever they prefer.
It is also important to recognize that we investigated Fisher's complaints when she made them in 1986. Further, we invited the appropriate agency to conduct an independent investigation. Neither of these investigations produced corroboration of her allegations.
RODNEY J. AYMOND
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital