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Letters to the Editor Dec. 30, 2014

Sutter Coast seems to have spending problem

Great article by Curtis Boewer (“Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims,” Dec. 27) in the Triplicate Coastal Voices section. The facts pertaining to our hospital situation ferreted out and presented by Mr. Boewer are interesting and informative, stuff that everyone in our community needs to know. Of course there is a lot of other stuff we need to know about the workings of the Sutter Health Corporation, but because of the secret ways of the people running the outfit, we are probably stuck with a fairly large amount of ignorance.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 27, 2014

Car club’s donation much appreciated

I would like to thank the Northern Knights Car Club for their generous donation to the Major Project Fund of the Crescent City Elks Lodge #1689. 

The monies donated to this fund help California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc. fund 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners hired by CHEMPI to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need. 

Coastal Voices: Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims

As a former hospital administrator now retired in Crescent City, I became very interested in the ongoing community concern over Sutter Health’s effort to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital (“SCH”) out of the community, and to downsize the hospital by 50 percent in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the Critical Access Hospital program. Sutter Health executives have promoted both of these changes as necessary steps to restore profitability to the hospital.

But is SCH really losing money as the Sutter executives have so often claimed? Sutter refuses to release its internal financial records so I reviewed the most recent publicly available financial data for SCH, Mad River Hospital in Arcata and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.

Pages of History: Barracks names new officers for year

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1958: 

New officers for Barracks No. 672, Veterans of World War I, were installed at official ceremonies at Memorial Hall Tuesday night by Edward J. Neron, department commander from Pasadena, and Harry T. Murphy, department chief of staff from Santa Rosa.

Taking office for the coming year were Charles Southworth, commander, Herb Moore, senior vice commander, Carl Jacobson, junior vice commander, C.L. Wissinger, quartermaster and adjutant, and A.A. Scott, chaplain.

From the Publisher's Desk: Merry Christmas to all from the Triplicate team

After seven months in the publisher’s seat, there are a few things I would like to share with you. First and foremost, we are nothing here without you, our readers and advertisers. It is because of you that we get up each day and come to work at a job we love, trying our very best to put out a good product filled with local news and information about our area, a product that you will find both informative and entertaining. 

You, our customers, are the driving force in our careers, and most days we feel we do a pretty good job delivering you a product we are proud of. We cover your local news: your city and county, your local sports, your harbor and your local law enforcement. We cover the events your non-profits put on to raise money for your causes, and we are the newspaper of record for Del Norte County. Bottom line, we are your local newspaper. 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 20, 2014

Public pay phones should be available for those who can’t afford a cell phone

Last month my husband had an appointment in Brookings with a cardiologist. He’d previously seen the doctor in years past.

Upon arriving in Brookings at what had previously been the cardiologist’s office, we were informed that his location had moved and they did not know where.

Pages of History: Pound pups for presents

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1958:

Is anyone hoping that Santa Claus is carrying in his bag of gifts some nice baby puppies? 

Anyone receiving such a request or hearing of such a wish might contact L.J. Garrett, county agricultural commissioner. Garrett reported yesterday that nine healthy baby puppies had just been turned in to the poundmaster. 

Letters to the Editor Dec. 18, 2014

Patients will feel extra cost of Sutter changes

I’m writing to let readers know that if the Board of Directors of Sutter Coast Hospital follows through with their plans to downsize our hospital to meet federal Critical Access requirements, there will be an additional cost to Medicare.

According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, converting to Critical Access will allow the hospital to bill Medicare more than triple the amount the hospital now receives from Medicare under the hospital’s current designation as a non-Critical Access Hospital. 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 16, 2014

County workers honored for another year’s service

The final Board of Supervisors meeting for 2014 was an occasion of proclamations of gratitude for work well done on our behalf. Department heads who are retiring from county service were commended for their accomplishments. Sheriff Wilson thanked the board for its support and reported that he was leaving the department in better condition than when he came aboard. Dawn Langston was thanked for her years as treasurer-tax collector and reminded everyone that the next day was tax day. Louise Wilson, retiring assessor, introduced her staff with comments about each one and thanked her predecessor, Jerry Cochran. Supervisor Michael Sullivan gave a heartfelt good-bye and thanks for the support of the board as he leaves his position. Chairman Finnegan remarked that being an elected official means sacrifice of time and energy. 


Letters to the Editor Dec. 13, 2014

Sutter’s focus on money sends patient to Oregon

I would like to tell my fellow citizens that my doctor has moved to Brookings, Ore., and I have followed her even though I continue to live in Del Norte County.

I’m a retired nurse and was more than satisfied with her practice, along with being very dissatisfied with practices I saw at Sutter Coast Hospital ruled by Sutter Health actions and policies.

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