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To the Editor:

Your recent story headlined “You Can’t Stay Here” [May 3] about a demonstration in front of the Albany Medical Center by mental-health advocates correctly noted that recent actions by the Capital District Psychiatric Center have jeopardized the joint program of psychiatric care that has been offered by CDPC and the Albany Medical Center. We remain encouraged, however, by signs that the new state administration recognizes the need for collaborative discussions to ensure the most appropriate evolution of the Capital Region’s system for caring for those with psychiatric disorders.

Unfortunately, your story also contained a false depiction of conditions on E2 and E3 where psychiatric patients are cared for—comparing the units to a “run down car.” Nothing could be further from the truth. While the E Building is one of our older structures, it is well-maintained and clean and the staff is dedicated, caring and highly professional. In fact, more than $300,000 in renovations were done to E2 alone in the past year. The hospital worked cooperatively with the Office of Mental Health to incorporate their recommendations regarding specific materials and fixtures for this renovation project. Neither the state Health Department or the Joint Commission have cited the Medical Center for deficiencies in this regard. In the future, we would appreciate being given the opportunity to respond to such misrepresentations.

Greg McGarry Vice President for Communications

Albany Medical Center, Albany

Straight Shooting

To the Editor:

I’ve just finished reading “Gun Crazy” [Reckonings, April 26]. In response to Jo Page’s request for confirmation, “Out of respect to the mourning families of the victims of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history we should postpone any talk of policy change?” I say, “Bravo, Jo.” To quote Gloria Steinem, “Logic is in the eye of the logician.” Thank you Ms. Page for calling out bullshit when you see it.

Liz King Albany

Correction

In “The Writing is on the Car” [Newsfront, April 26], an employee of the Hill Street Café was incorrectly identified as the owner.

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