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Letter: A bad experience at hospital in Bethpage

About 75 nurses from St. Charles Hospital in

About 75 nurses from St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage protested Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in front of church headquarters in Rockville Centre, saying the hospitals are badly understaffed by nurses. Nurses at all three hospitals have been working without a contract for about one year, and were demanding contracts that include safe staffing and quality patient care guidelines. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

After reading “Union: Nursing staffs too low at 3 CHS hospitals” [News, June 9], I agree with the complaints about shortages of nurses and non-nursing personnel at St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage.

I spent every day for two weeks in June 2015 visiting my brother at St. Joseph, and I saw a short-handed and poorly managed facility. My brother was uncomfortable and suffered terribly his entire stay. He pleaded for us to get him out of there.

Nurses seemed overworked and never happy to hear our concerns.

Bernadette O’Hare, Massapequa