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Regarding the Post-Gazette's series "UPMC: Forging a Giant Footprint" (Sept. 23-26): During the time UPMC was throwing, or shall I say spreading (like manure), money all around Monroeville to obtain property for its new facility, my husband was a patient for a month at UPMC Shadyside.

The Shadyside housekeeping department was so very understaffed, I brought my own supplies and cleaned his room to ensure some measure of sanitation in his surroundings. It would take me too many words to describe the extent of dirt and neglect.

I asked staff members if CEO Jeffrey Romoff ever visited the patients' rooms to see what the conditions were like. Did he ever sit on a bed that had an old, lumpy, torn mattress covered in hard, cracked plastic? The staff members rolled their eyes and said they couldn't recall any visits he had made.

Now I realize that most of the time "the king was in the counting house counting all his money." If there is some money left over, maybe some of it might be used to hire more housekeepers for the older facilities.

How sad that all the medical good that UPMC does is overshadowed by all the administrative greed.

CAROL T. LEWIS
O'Hara


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