Imagine there’s no hospital, it’s easy if you try…
EDITOR: You are at home. Imagine you feel internal pains. Your spouse drives you the few blocks to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s emergency room. Pain massively intensifies just as the ER team surrounds you, administering analgesics, performing multiple diagnostics, calmly, rapidly, kindly.
Imagine you are transferred to the ICU, where an outstanding team ministers.
Imagine you need surgery once your body heals sufficiently. Another team gives care attentively, cheerfully, competently, with empathy. Throughout, your spouse visits easily. You are eventually cleared for surgery. The surgeon carefully and clearly explains the plan. His depth of experience impresses you. Subsequent surgery is successful.
Imagine considering all the great people who have attended you, how this reflects good leadership, and how critical it is to pay competitively to retain talent.
No need for me to imagine, this was firsthand experience. But I can imagine a wholly different possible outcome had the ER been a long ambulance ride away, maybe in rush hour, maybe with flooding delays. And I shudder to contemplate it.
We cannot afford to risk losing Sonoma Valley Hospital and its ER facility. We must ensure continued funding.
Join me in voting “yes” for Measure E on June 6. And please don’t just imagine doing so.
Don’t fall for ‘save our ER’ scare
EDITOR: Sonoma Valley Hospital is running a “save our ER” scare campaign at taxpayers’ expense. If you vote “no” it means hospital administration will need to cut back on ridiculously overpaid executive staff with champagne expense accounts, and focus on delivering core services, like urgent and emergency care. The money-losing “wellness center” and other frivolities they have created will need to go. The average number of patients this hospital serves daily is very low. They need to bring their expenses in line with reality. Until there is evidence of effective belt-tightening, they should not ask citizens – some of whom already pay 25 percent of property taxes in special County assessments – for more financial support. It’s an example of their poor judgement that they have paid campaign consultants to put banners all over the Valley rather than investing in a management plan to get their expenses in line.
‘Am I the only one bothered by this?’
EDITOR: I am a 26 year resident of Sonoma. My husband and I have raised our three children here. We have heard pros and cons about the hospital throughout all these years. We did use the emergency room once for our son and they did fix him up, but the experience was a horrible communication and paperwork nightmare so we never cared to make use of the hospital again.
I worked 14 years at State Compensation Insurance Fund until retiring last June. I know about two years prior State Fund severed ties with SVH, with one of the results being that agents could no longer refer employers or an injured worker to SVH. My understanding was that it was due to SVH’s poor medical rating
We have always voted for prior parcel taxes benefiting the hospital as well as school bonds even though we decided to send our kids to parochial grammar and high school.