AFSCME and Community Members Question Future
of Local Health Institutions at United for Salisbury Forum
Community members, elected officials, patient families, healthcare advocates and AFSCME Maryland members gathered for the “United for Salisbury” forum on July 17 in Salisbury.
Attendees and speakers sought answers and solutions to upcoming changes at the Holly Center, Deer’s Head Hospital and the Worcester County Health Department.
“When cuts happen, we also lose good careers and jobs here in Salisbury. There are vulnerable individuals out in the community in need of our care and our services. These are not areas
to short-change in our community,” Anissa Pierce-Sessoms, Local 1081 president said.
Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader requested public input
via email about the future of the local state health institution. At last night’s forum,
a full house was present to share their concerns and ask questions about how the
state plans to move forward.
In an interview with ABC 47 following the forum, Pierce-Sessoms said she hopes that in “reimagining” the facilities, the state recognizes the critical role staff at these facilities have
in helping vulnerable patients receive quality care.
“Right now, we’re at an all -time low as far as staffing is concerned. So, definitely our patients are suffering, so we want to make sure our patients and our clients actually have the care that they need,” she said.