The Flier article June 13 announcing the retirement of Vic Broccolino, president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital, touched on many of the admirable qualities that made him a successful hospital administrator and respected member of our community. I would like to add to that list.

Several years ago, a community group, the ER Committee of the Howard County Citizens Association, requested a meeting with Vic Broccolino to discuss the problems of unacceptably long waits in the hospital's ER and of ambulances being diverted to other hospitals because of overcrowding. Vic, as he asked to be called, gathered together top staff members of the ER and several members of the hospital board to meet with the ER Committee. As a result of those meetings, changes were made that improved the quality of care in the ER. And, according to a recent statement, the hospital is continuing to look at ways to further improve care in the ER.

If I remember correctly, we learned something else important. Vic told our committee that, assuming an applicant met the basic requirements of the job, he preferred to hire someone who was compassionate and caring because it was easier to teach an employee the specifics of a particular job than it was to teach compassion and caring.

It is my hope that those who are choosing his successor will recognize the qualities that made Vic Broccolino a successful hospital administrator and respected member of our community and choose wisely.


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Barbara L. Russell

Columbia