Posties: You’re Sick?!? Deal With It

…cuz the nurse is out–for good.

An internal Washington Post memo, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Health Center
    Closing Announcement
    To: All Post Employees

    From: Peggy Schiff

    After making several changes over the years to our NW Health Center, we
    have concluded that continuing its operation is no longer viable in the
    current business climate. We wanted to let employees know that we are
    planning to close the NW Health Center effective January 1, 2009, and
    explain how we plan to handle some of the Health Center’s functions after
    that date.

    As many of you know, the role of the NW Health Center has changed over the
    years. Prior to 1999, the NW location housed a large production
    facility–with presses and hundreds of production employees–justifying an
    on-site Health Center to handle injuries during the production process.
    Since NW production operations ended in 1999, The Post has incrementally
    cut back on the NW Health Center’s operations, and we eliminated weekend
    and evening hours in 2007. With the difficult business challenges facing
    the newspaper today, it is increasingly difficult to justify the expense of
    an on-site Health Center, particularly in the absence of production
    operations here.

    We plan to continue the NW Health Center’s operations through the end of
    2008. After that time, The Post’s Security Department will handle
    responses to medical emergencies–just as they do today during those hours
    when the Health Center is closed.
    In addition, we plan to continue some of the programs currently run through
    the Health Center, such as onsite EAP counseling, ergonomics, flu shot
    administration, and blood drives.

    We appreciate your understanding as we make difficult decisions about our
    non-core operations in this business environment. We also want to
    recognize, and express our sincere gratitude for, the remarkable work that
    Phyllis Waslo, our retiring Health Center Manager, and her outstanding team
    of nursing professionals have performed over the years.