Nancy Spillane: Opportunity to support our hospital
On Sept. 18, as reported by Steamboat Pilot & Today, the hospital held a town hall meeting at which numerous community members voiced concerns about the hospital merger with UCHealth.
Many other concerns were expressed as well such as the high cost of health care at YVMC, self-insured businesses, including the county, incentivizing their employees to seek less expensive care elsewhere, underutilized space owned by the current hospital, including the Safeway building in Craig and the perception that local physicians are being “railroaded” out of town.
In addition, one town hall participant had the Colorado Attorney General’s documents in hand stating that $20 million from the sale of our community hospital to a larger corporation had been designated to the hospital foundation. His question asked if the total amount would truly be used to benefit the community or would it be funneled back into the hospital coffers?
It would be wonderful if the UCHealth/YVMC board of directors viewed these expressed concerns, along with the change in administration, as an opportunity for positive change.
Conceivably, something like a Community Advisory Committee could be created. Perhaps this committee could meet with board members on a regular basis and come up with creative, workable solutions to address these issues. In addition, it would be great to be able to communicate the work of this committee on a regular basis in the Monday health section of the newspaper. Just an idea.
The nurses, medical staff and support staff at our Yampa Valley Medical Center are top notch. Over and over we all hear, and we all share our own stories about how wonderful the hospital people are. The care they provide can’t be beat.
As a whole, I believe the majority of our Routt County citizens would agree that one has to travel pretty far to be treated better than one is treated at our hospital.
It is my hope that we all continue to support our hospital and the wonderful people who work day in and day out on behalf of our families and us. I hope the hospital board of directors views the concerns voiced as an opportunity to work together to support the hospital’s dedicated employees and the community they all serve.
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