Prince William Hostpital has served the community well over the years as an institution that provided truly excellent medical care while reflecting our community values. With the takeover of this institution by North Carolina-based Novant, the quality of what our future healthcare may be is perhaps suspect, but the community values reflected by this institution are most certainly gone. When far-left liberals start imposing an extremist corporate policy on a community institution to further an agenda completely out of touch with the community it serves, it’s quite reasonable to be concerned that a focus on providing quality healthcare is going to take a back seat to politically-inspired social engineering.
I’m getting reports tonight that as Novant takes control, the changes being imposed are really taking employees by surprise and raising significant concerns. Costs will rise as benefits are mandated for homosexual “domestic partners.” Mandatory “diversity training” will compete with the time available for training people in how to save lives and provide quality care. “Goals” for achieving workforce diversity may replace or undermine personnel policies that reward competence, experience and ability. Novant isn’t simply a corporation with the usual politically-correct fluff within their human resources policies, they are active social engineering warriors determined to engineer the perfect society within hospitals, much the way Joseph Stalin tried to engineer the “New Soviet Man”, albeit without a powerful secret police force to effect this, only corporate HR fanatics with the power to fire you.
Discrimination:Illegal treatment of a person or group (either intentional or unintentional) based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or veteran’s status. The term also includes the failure to remedy the effects of past discrimination. Making decisions in prejudicial manner that may exclude or deny opportunity; making distinctions based on racial, ethnic, or distinguishing features such as usage, religious identification of disability. A combination of prejudice (superiority/inferiority belief system) and institutional power, the power to impose that system on others. Without power, we all have about the same ability to be prejudiced. Destructive “isms” (racism, sexism, ageism, ethnocentrism, handicapism, homophobism, etc.) Use of institutional power to reinforce biased belief systems and to disadvantage others.
Notice how Novant defines “homophobism” in their corporate policy in a way that equates it with unlawful discrimination? Being branded as a “homophobe”, which is a sadly regular occurrence for Christians of strong faith who simply aren’t comfortable spending a lot of time closely working with recalcitrant homosexuals, can under Novant’s policies end up getting you terminated for cause. Simply objecting to having your employer provide benefits to “domestic partners” while they whittle yours away in order to save costs can make this happen. If you don’t fully embrace Novant’s liberal policies, you’re a target.
The community that this institution serves would also find the following rather disturbing in many respects:
In trying to understand just exactly what “diversity management” is, consider the following set of assumptions; belief systems about diversity that have more to do with human behavior than they do race, gender or age. These underlying principles are inherent to diversity work:
1) Diversity is about each person coming to terms with his or her attitudes, beliefs, and expectations about others and gaining comfort with differentness.
2) Diversity is big enough to include everyone; young and old, homeless and affluent, immigrant and native, white and black; and goes beyond race and gender.
3) No one is or should be the target for blame for current or past inequities. All human beings have been socialized to behave in certain ways, and all of us are at times both perpetrators and victims of discrimination and stereotypes.
4) Human beings are ethnocentric - they see the world through their own narrow view and judge the world by what is familiar to them.
5) The human species resists change, continually striving for a state of homeostasis. This makes the constant adaptation required for diversity difficult for people already overwhelmed by staggering transitions in today’s organizations
6) Human beings find comfort and trust in likeness. There is a tendency to seek the company of those most similar to ourselves.
7) It is difficult for people to share power; history shows that it is rarely done voluntarily and without a reason that will somehow benefit those dominating the pool of wealth. (emphasis added)
Marxists tend to produce pretty horrid medical institutions, and the notion that class struggle is required in order to wrest control of the “pool of wealth” from the ruling class is verbatim Marxist. Maybe a community in Havana, or Pyongyang will acceed to this (perhaps involuntarily), but in Prince William County, Virginia, this is outrageous. People who think like this are making decisions about how the institutions are run that are supposed to save our lives, and improve the quality of our lives?
When we have an organization that we depend on for our very lives that enshrines class warfare, racial and ethnic struggle, and an open-borders mentality within their corporate policies, how long can we think that the quality of care we receive will remain as high as it does today? I can’t imagine many medical professionals putting up with this garbage when it starts to intrude on the decisions they need to make in order to save lives and improve outcomes, and when they start looking for alternative facilities to practice where they’re not going to have to put up with this garbage, we in the community are going to end up being the losers. You can’t force a quality medical professional to practice in any particular place, as there are opportunities everywhere for good care givers. What you can do is discourage any care giver who is excellent at their job, and doesn’t want to have marxism rammed down their throats through ridiculous workplace policies, from working here, where we need them.
The sale of Prince William Hospital to an outside entity stunk from the beginning. Now were beginning to understand where that sickening smell is coming from.
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