I love history, and I love Yankton! So naturally I spend a rainy day at the Mead building where I purchased a very interesting book called the “Dakota Hospital for the Insane,” written by Susan Miles.
Several of my family members have and still work at HSC and having worked at HSC for seven years myself, as I’m reading I’m thinking I love this book …
... until I get to page 33 where the author touches on the administrator of HSC Cory Nelson who served from 2001 to 2011 (the year the book was written). On this page, the author is outlining Cory’s accomplishments while working as administrator, stating: “Nelson helped unionize the employees stating that ‘if the employees are not happy with their work environment then the patients cannot receive quality care.’”
While this quote is very true, everyone who worked at HSC during the campaign to unionize knows that Cory Nelson was severely offended by the employees’ plea to unionize and worked diligently to keep the employees powerless against his leadership.
Unionizing HSC was an accomplishment; however, it was not Nelson’s. It is the employees at HSC who stood up and demanded better treatment for employees that were already giving great care to their patients.