Reading the town report in preparation for our Town Meeting, I was astonished to note that the budget outlines a 50% cut in time and salary for our town nurse, Jennifer Fitzgerald, for next year.
I do appreciate the hard work the selectboard does for our town in trying to manage Wilmington business. But, in my opinion this is a very shortsighted way of dealing with health and human services desperately needed in our town.
I can almost bet if you asked anyone downtown about Jennifer they will tell you a story of how she helped them. Seniors and their families, young mothers, and pre- and post-operative patients are but a sampling of people that have received her wisdom, skill and sympathy. In addition to that, Jennifer is a storehouse of information that involves health and medical services that Vermont provides for its citizens.
Studies show how front line health workers--and Jennifer is the example--are critical to the care and and well-being of their communities.
Very often Jennifer is the first line of medical care for Wilmington residents and that is a crucial and sometimes life-saving service.
We need Jennifer here in Wilmington on a full-time basis. Let’s make that happen when we attend Town Meeting and make our vote count.