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Gloria LaFlamme: Closing of pediatric unit would be a hardship for families

To the editor:

I am a retired registered nurse who graduated from the Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing. In reading about the strong possibility of the hospital closing its inpatient pediatric unit (Sept. 13), and then reading pediatrician Dr. David Steel’s article on Sept. 19, my first thought was, how can you continue to call yourself a community hospital if you close the pediatric unit? My second thought was that it’s going to be a hardship for many families to travel to Springfield or Boston if their children need hospitalization. I agree with Dr. Steele — “CDH must preserve inpatient pediatric care.”

Gloria LaFlamme

Easthampton

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