To the editor:
The soul of Bradley lives on in the solidarity of this community. It is the solidarity of community which gives life to Bradley Hospital. Bradley has always been a strong foundation of healthcare in this community. (The soul of anything is what gives it life—even a painting).
Sylvia and Bradley Barnes recognized this core foundation of Southington in Bradley Hospital, which stirred them to leave as their legacy a means to be able to support it. The name of “Bradley Hospital” has always been said with pride and distinction because of this.
Bradley Hospital has always kept pace with the movement of modern healthcare which has set it apart. If not it wouldn’t have existed all these years. The movement of healthcare today is in “urgent care”. This community recognizes this. It needs to be done wisely and efficiently. People brought to an urgent care need to be evaluated immediately. If emergency care is essential, the ER is there with a hospital available with essential services. (Which means to restore those services that have been removed.)
This community recognizes this and the property available at the original site of Bradley Hospital should be used for this purpose. Not disjointed here and there which can jeopardize health and safety.
Statistics are beginning to show that a smaller community hospital with urgent care, ER, and hospital are more efficiently providing these services. Bigger does not always mean better. Bradley has always been on the front in recognizing the needs of this community as we are now.
We urge HHC to include our spokesperson for the community committee to be our voice at their Southington Advisory Committee meetings, thus making this a unified effort to persevere (move forward) together to create this type of healthcare (an example of unity). Changes in healthcare are critical. The Barnes foresight recognized this by leaving their legacy.
Marilyn Huntley, R.N.