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Francis Shenk and Tamara Wagner, Moorhead, Published July 30 2012

Sanford employee party is justified

In response to “Sanford’s employee party is way over the top” by Beth Wallman Zimmerman (Forum, July 29):

This just shows how some people do not understand that a company can appreciate its workers. The cost of health care in this country is not Sanford’s fault, and it is not fair to deny the employees a chance to have fun and relax a bit.

The fact is if you go here for care, there is a team of doctors who keep you healthy. Also, there is a team of nurses who work tirelessly for 10, 12 or more hours a day to make sure you get the care you need. There is a team of environmental services workers who put in 10, 12 or more hours a day to make sure the hospital can be clean and stay open. Then there are the hundreds of other workers who work behind the scenes to make sure there is food, supplies, transportation and office work being done every day to keep the place operating.

Sanford’s party for the employees is not for the CEO or the top executives; it is for the nurses and other employees who do their job, often with little thanks, to keep you healthy. After all, when was the last time you thanked the nurse who gave you the medication you needed or the environmental services worker who cleaned the room so you could receive safe and sanitary care?

Maybe be a little more appreciative and understand that it is nice to have a company truly do something for their employees, especially when their employees risk their lives every day to keep you healthy.