Modulars don't compromise care

I understand that The Hook does not pretend to be anything other than entertainment, and that you are a writer as opposed to being a journalist.

That is why I am sure when you say "Some... staff are not too happy" about the modular operating rooms [News, May 29: "O.R. in a trailer: UVA's newest medical facilities"] (, you were sure to talk to at least two people so you could use the plural.

That level of thoroughness, while seemingly acceptable in your profession, doesn't cut it when people's lives are at stake.

As an employee of the hospital who works hard to maintain the highest levels of patient safety, patient satisfaction, and address long lists of regulatory requirements, l am sensitive to the dis-service you provided to the community.

Should you have the misfortune, in the near future, to require surgery to relieve a painful condition, a tent, a sharp pocket knife, and a shot of whiskey might seem like a blessing– with the tent not being necessary.

Modular operating rooms, modular classrooms, and modular housing are accepted solutions to the need to increase capacity. These options are tightly regulated by codes, statutes, and licensing agencies– a level of rigorous care that is not required in the statement of opinion or the writing of fiction.

While the modular units have a modest external appearance, you and the community can feel assured that the quality of care will not be impacted. Indeed, the ability to provide services more quickly will be enhanced.

Jeff Ciucias, RN