An Exploding Exposure…………..#222 (the 90’s)

The Anthony Republican Newspaper

.  The Anthony Hospitals Plant Service Manager Gary  responsibilities having been abated, having handing his written resignation to the Hospital Administrator’s wife Nina, Lee Adams observing his action from the shadows of an adjoining room.    The realm of unemployment a new experience,  the silence of the vacuous N. Springfield residence,  Jan still fulfilling her hospital commitment ,  the children in school,  the lack of presence or purpose displaying a void within, Gary realizing the stillness echoing the reality of circumstance, questioning his judgment to resign his Anthony Hospital position.  A firm justification prevailing,  the resignation,  an acceptance of responsibility for his daughter involvement in the Halloween Adams residency labeling  event and any disparage it may have  caused,  leaving the Administrator with no pretext for making public any deprecatory statements about the Willson’s’.

.  Gary having made the decision, “to take up the gauntlet” and submit for publication  the evidence of Lee Adams transgressions.  With an abundant accumulation of evidence of Adams past transgressions ,  Gary culminating an editorial for submission to the Anthony Republican Newspaper,  disclosure of the despot lurking at the Anthony Hospital.   Accessing the Main Street local paper,  acquainted with Jim  Dunn,  the owner-publisher and his wife Vera,  having worked with the couple in the past, illuminating  the Editor with articles about up-coming hospital activities and events.  Gary brandishing his typed exposé of Lee Adams sequestered past, including  documentation of the numerical count of nurses,   doctors,   even catholic nuns whom were compelled to resign or were terminated by his actions during his tenure at the A RG (Appalachian Regional Healthcare) Hazard Kentucky Medical Center.   Jim’s first reaction was one of forbearance, not aspiring to evoke the newspaper in what appeared to be an evolving public dispute,  declining to publish the type written article.   Gary opening a folder,  spreading the abundant incriminating clipping from The Hazard Herald Newspaper on the counter,  Jim’s interest peaked.  Gary turning towards the door to leave, briefly stating to the Editor,  he could print it or file it away,  it was his decision.

.  Gary’s article exploded on the front page of the Anthony Republican,  the only deprecatory,  Jim’s decision to withhold the name of the author,  explaining it was a discretionary measure reserved for publishers,  his concern,  Gary’s family and possible retribution.   The community became openly polarized with citizens submitting additional editorials for the removal and support of the administrator, the hospital board of directors submitting a letter of their continued  steadfast support of Lee Adams, the outpouring of concern over whelming.   Jim Dunn receiving veiled threats, including Larry Olds, owner of Larry’s Home Town market,  threatening the editor with pulling his advertisement if the editor continued to publish  articles detrimental to Adams and  the Hospital Board.

.  Jim a true journalist  calling his bluff continuing to publish the facts  even though Larry’s store was his largest advertising account. The conflict now a blatant affliction,  a discourse that Jan Willson would soon be discharged as Director of Nursing was rumored.   With growing apprehension Gary and Jan journeying to Wichita  seeking advice from a labor relations attorney,  exploring legal alternatives for possible upcoming developments.   The attorney suggesting that the couple and other concerning parties document Adam’s past by engaging a private investigator,  thus providing a future foundation for litigation.  The attorney supplying the name of an investigator who had  worked with him in the past. The drive back from Wichita was one of accomplishment, but also one of question wonder where or when destines road will end.


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