Letters to the Editor July 30, 2013

Written by Del Norte Triplicate Readers July 31, 2013 03:33 pm

Best wishes for departing publisher

Congratulations, Michele Grgas Postal, on your coming retirement. But I will really miss your stories in the paper. They are funny, touching and informative.

I hope you have fun with your grandkids, and I hope and pray you have a good life with your husband and family.

Del Norte Triplicate readers and others will greatly miss you!

Karen Leven, Fort Dick 

Hospital still obligated to match Seaside's care

As described in the July 11 Triplicate (“District drops hospital lawsuit”) the “hospital settlement” certainly was a resounding loss for the Health Care District.

In my 30-plus years of handling disputes and settlements, I don’t think I ever saw a worse settlement. There was nothing gained by delay that is worth what was parted with. If the final draft isn’t signed, it shouldn’t be. If it has been, it should be repudiated or reformed for mistake.

Both a contract and a lease were included in the only document of the whole transaction (which was all for the purpose of getting Sutter to run the acute hospital, wherever it was to be, providing care at least as good as at Seaside. The district gave sufficient consideration, both pecuniary and other rights and forbearances, and Sutter accepted and promised to comply with it, so the promise made a contract.

After the Seaside lease to Sutter ended, the contract still remains included as a service contract in the document, unchanged. Sutter showed it recognized the valid and viable contract by continuing to honor it for years, without a lease. Sutter may have claimed that was just out of the kindness of its heart, but we can judge how kind its heart is by Sutter’s willingness to downsize just so it can get a higher rate of reimbursement.

Since nothing else happened to end the contract, (except possibly the “settlement”) the contract is still in effect, and the district still has a contract right to have Sutter provide better or at least as good of care as Seaside, which Sutter can’t do with only 25 or fewer beds.

The district should have fought to have the injunction made permanent instead of surrendering unnecessarily.

John M. Burlake, Crescent City