Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Questionable if Sutter isn't considering Critical Access

As most of your readers know, Sutter Health Corporation has frightened and angered this community by acting through the local Sutter Coast Hospital Board, beginning a process to eliminate the local board and moving control of our hospital to a regional board in San Francisco. Apparently, this would allow them to downgrade our hospital to a "Critical Access Hospital," which they have done in other areas.

Critical access is a federal program to financially assist small hospitals with no more than 25 beds and some other conditions, all of which would be bad news for our hospital. It seems that Critical Access would be of financial benefit to Sutter Health Corporation, a non-profit corporation, but would drastically reduce services to this community.

A few months ago, Sutter Health replaced the CEO of Sutter Coast Hospital. The new CEO is Linda Horn. I think Ms. Horn is more proficient in public relations than was the previous CEO. I think the actions and methods of Sutter Health had destroyed all credibility with this community and that they felt the need for some public relations proficiency.

Ms. Horn told our Board of Supervisors, during their May 28 meeting, "Critical Access is not being discussed." By that I thought she meant to convey that Critical Access was not being considered by Sutter Health nor by the Sutter Coast Hospital Board for implementation.

Perhaps I was wrong. According to Dr. Greg Duncan's email newsletter, Critical Access discussion is alive

and well. He reports the Hospital

Board had a discussion on Critical Access at their Aug. 1 meeting and that Mr. Cohill, a Sutter Health executive, stated he believed Critical Access would be implemented here in Crescent City.

Perhaps Ms. Horn would like to clarify the current status of Critical Access discussion for our community?

Clif Shepard, Hiouchi

Who do you believe about Obamacare?

Who do you believe?

"If you like your doctor,you can keep your doctor." - President Obama, 2009

"A recent survey by the Doctor Patient Medical Association Foundation reveals that 83 percent of physicians surveyed are thinking of quitting because of Obamacare." - Forbes Magazine

"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." - President Obama, 2009

"Obamacare will shatter our hard-earned health benefits." - James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

"Your premiums will go down by $2,500 per year." - President Obama, 2009

"Insurance companies have already warned small business customers that premiums could rise 20 percent or more in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act." - The Weekly Standard

Bob Berkowitz, Crescent City