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Letters to the Editor July 25, 2013

Sutter brings strife; go with Asante instead 

Having watched Sutter Health’s attempt to make our local hospital a Critical Access facility (with its loss of beds, loss of staff, and many more patient aircraft transfers to out of area hospitals), it is obvious the only solution is to get rid of Sutter Health and replace it with an honest healthcare administration company that has integrity.

Asante has publicly expressed an interest in a stronger affiliation with our region (as reported in The Del Norte Triplicate on Oct. 15, 2012), but the hospital Board has ignored the offer.  Sutter Health wants to downsize because it will make more money, period.  The health of our community does not matter to Sutter.  If you want more of the same, keep trying to work with Sutter Health.

This includes more lawsuits, more money diverted away from the community and toward legal matters, more “studies” that are rigged to get the results Sutter Health wants, more deception from Sutter Health about its true intentions, higher cost, more unethical behavior at board meetings, and more attacks on people of integrity, such as Doctors Greg Duncan and Kevin Caldwell. I am sure these two doctors could make a much longer list.

Proverbs 22:10 says “Drive out the mocker and out goes strife.” As long as Sutter Health is in charge of our local hospital, there will be strife. Replace it with an honest company with integrity.  When you think of one or two words to describe Sutter Health executives, does “honest” or “integrity” ever come to mind?

Jim Buckles, Crescent City

Loss of local control will mar quality of care

Dr. Gregory Duncan wrote a Coastal Voices piece (“Secrecy imperils locally owned, full-service hospital,” July 18). It described in layman’s terms what is transpiring with the possible takeover of our hospital by Sutter Health in San Francisco.  

Our local hospital has served us for a long time, giving the best of care and few transfers. This would all change with the downsizing and loss of local control.  

Please, as a community, let’s stand behind the good doctor and all those trying to keep our hospital just the way it is, in local hands. 

Bill and Carlina Horn, Crescent City

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