Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Hospital makes flimsy defense of position

In her screed titled "Regionalization, critical access: setting the record straight," (Coastal Voices, July 25) Sutter Health PR Specialist Linda Horn purports to (at long last) level with Del Norte and Curry County residents as relates to Sutter Health's stealth plan to strip away the existing level of care at Sutter Coast Hospital and reduce it to a shadow of what now exists.

Sutter Health, perhaps a little stunned at the unanticipated resistance put forth by the citizenry and its representatives (both elected and unofficial) saw the necessity of replacing stodgy former Sutter Hospital CEO Eugene Suksi with an unctuous, splendiferous angel of healing and inserted Linda Horn into the strident situation to pour balm on the turbulent waters. Her observation that "the public seems eager to get the facts," along with the statement, "we want to offer them," has a reassuring and assuaging tone so let's all settle down, and follow the bouncing ball.

She first clarifies that "regionalization" does not automatically entail critical access status. Okay, we got that if there ever was a misconception on it. It is very comforting to read from her article that Sutter Health's No. 1 goal is to ensure that this community has health care. I take comfort in knowing that we will at least be left with a first aid station in the community to see to our health needs.

Ms. Horn states that she "has every reason to believe that there would be at least one individual from Del Norte County" on the regional Board of Directors. That does not sound especially reassuring since she is basing that statement on absolutely no presented evidence whatsoever. And if an individual from Del Norte County is selected the first time, there is no reason to believe that representation would exist in perpetuity. Additionally, it would be one selected by Sutter Health.

We are told that the Camden Group strategic study, currently under way, is necessary because of "very real financial issues." Our community has been told many times that Sutter Health does not reveal pertinent data, including financial data on its operations and may withhold said financial data from Camden Group as well. If so, it is unclear to me how it can make any meaningful recommendations to Sutter Health regarding the "very real financial issues" mentioned by Ms. Horn.

I invite her to clarify that aspect if I have incorrectly misstated that issue. Word limitations preclude my exploring her article any further.

Dale L.Bohling,

Crescent City

Event calls character of town into question

I have lived in Crescent City for 30 years and always thought of it as a lovely town, a small community where everybody knows and cares about each other.

Recently I learned, in a hard way, that I was wrong. On July 21, I was on Pacific Avenue when I lost control of my wheelchair. I tried to save my small dog that had jumped out of the chair and landed on the side. As a result, my chair flipped over and I became trapped by the chair and unable to get out by myself.

It was around noontime and a considerable number of people drove by me. I was on the street for about 10 minutes before anyone offered to help. Finally, a young couple stopped and helped me. Another woman was driving a truck and helped me bring the chair back to my house.

I am very appreciative of these people and would like to say thanks to them.

I am now wondering if Crescent City is really a loving, caring city or just another community of mostly heartless and self-absorbed people who are unable to feel other people's needs, pain and suffering?

Dorothy Ibarra,

Crescent City