The Faces of Hartford Healthcare project is focused on sharing the stories of the women and men who provide and support bedside patient care in the chain's hospitals and facilities. The goal is to help the community better understand an escalating crisis that these nurses and allied health professionals are struggling to resolve. It's also an important opportunity for these hard-working caregivers to receive the recognition they deserve.
Lillian Hernandez - Windham Community Memorial Hospital (WCMH) Food & Nutrition
"As a food service worker, a fair contract matters to me because it lets me know that management cares about their employees! A fair contract means stability: economic stability, health insurance stability. A fair contract means, to me, everything. A fair contract matters because we matter. Without us, and that includes every worker, [this] hospital won't be able to function. We matter!"
Kim Kelly, RN - WCMH ACU/PACU
Fran Choiniere - WCMH Human Information Management Coding
"I have worked at Windham/Hartford HealthCare (HHC) for 9 years. There were many years with wage freezes and step freezes, while the cost of living continued to rise. There are so many union staff that are not part of incentives or retention bonuses, yet the wages being offered to many new staff are appalling. HHC should be considerate in negotiations for those hard working staff that remain engaged and continue to work above and beyond in all that we offer each and every day in our job roles."
Alexa Lemire - WCMH Radiology
Janice Worth, RN, WCMH - Cardiac Unit
Debora Linton, WCMH - Food & Nutrition
"Our patients care, we are being stopped from doing out job because of being short staffed
Katherine Stearns, WCMH - Housekeeping
"Our insurance really needs to change. My medical bills were sent to collections over what I owed the hospital. I ended up having to roll it into my morgage. That's sad! I have worked at Windham Hospital since 2010. I will only be making .76 cents above minimum wage when it goes up to $15.00 in Janurary."
Vincent Snow, WCMH - Housekeeping