I read with interest the account of the immense negative impact RegionalCare’s hospital building program will have on Westminster Interfaith Care Program and the people it serves.
Having had the occasion to use their services, I am aware that WICP is staffed by an outstanding group of capable, talented and compassionate caregivers. As the article pointed out, since WICP is a non-profit organization, it does not have much financial resources with which to finance a relocation and subsequent upgrade of new facilities.
Brandon Center should provide some financial assistance from the funds they receive, since the WICP improvements added to the value of the building.
Clearly, though, RegionalCare’s building program is primarily responsible for the risk of eliminating an essential service for our community, if help isn’t provided.
Seems to me that, instead of ducking questions from the TimesDaily, and ignoring Director Elba Barnes’ plea for help, RegionalCare ought to be acting like the good neighbors they always claim to be and provide some assistance to WICP and the families it serves.
RegionalCare should be helping to locate suitable facilities into which WICP could relocate, and providing financial support for the relocation of WICP and the upgrading of new facilities to meet code and safety requirements.
That is what good neighbors should do, when their actions put others at imminent risk.