To the Editor:
Your recent article on Feb. 4 regarding a COVID-19 outbreak reeks of the worst instinct in journalism. (“COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Copley,” Feb. 4, 2021)
In an attempt to seemingly alarm the public, you went to print with a misleading and incomplete article that discredited the outstanding work that has been happening at Copley since the pandemic began. Everyday, I am touched by the outpouring of support that the medical profession continues to receive for being on the front lines of a deadly pandemic.
Patients, families and local businesses have showered us with delicious food and treats to show their support lifting us up when the stress seems like too much. To have our local paper use limited information and scare tactics in some bogus attempt to inform runs counter to this nation’s attempt to honor it’s health care heroes.
So from the bottom of my heart, I wish to commend my own local health care heroes at Copley and at all of the surrounding health centers and hospitals because this is my medical home as well. At Copley, we can hold our heads high knowing that, like our colleagues around the country and around the world, we have been a shining light in the dark. We know that despite your front-page, tabloid-style article, what we do matters.
Liam Gannon, MD
Copley Hospital Emergency Room Medical Director