For the past three months, I have been one of many attending the Board of Commissioners meetings for Okanogan County Public Hospital District #4, also known as North Valley Hospital, in Tonasket.
Letters to the Editor
Have you read some of the info from the hospital? I still can’t wrap my mind around some of it – probably because I just don’t want to believe it. Aside from the $220,000.00 in tax money the hospital is syphoning from the Long Term Care, the administration salaries are way beyond the average wage for other districts our size. It’s inconceivable.
The political “destruction” of an institution, mandated to exist by the U.S. Constitution, is coming to a location near you. Why is this happening? What are some real consequences of the loss of the United States Postal Service (USPS)?
We, the U.S.A., have reached a cultural and economic tipping point, the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the recent killing of Chris Stevens, ambassador in Lybia, the refusal of our former Secretary of State to take full and unconditional responsibility for insufficient security at many U. S. diplomatic residences and embassies around the world….
To the North Okanogan Community: As I looked around at the faces of the community members present at the Hospital Board meeting on Thursday night, Feb., 14, I saw many folks I know. I could see in my memories many of their relatives that I have taken care of at Extended Care, still fondly called the “Nursing Home.” I feel so connected here in this community.
There has been a lot discussion lately, regarding the hospital administration and commissioners’ behavior toward the community. Though, I can’t say I’m not among the many a little more than irritated by the recent hostility coming from that side There is also something terrifying that stood out in the CEO’s contradictory report.
Can someone explain to the hospital administrator that when the public gets blindsided by something as serious as evicting our seniors, its going to get our attention.
Did we seriously kick grandma out for a cup of coffee? The attached accounting for the hospital coffee shop/deli, taken out of the hospital district’s Assisted Living and Extended Care Budget, shows a $65,000 loss in the last nine months of 2012, but was never considered to be cut.
I am writing to address hospital CEO Ms. Michels’ most recent unprofessional, not so subtle, complaint regarding the community asking questions of district management, as well as her reference to us as outsiders in the 1/4/13 CEO written report stating “No one from the outside can understand this business like we do.”
Statement on Scope of Concerned Citizens for Tonasket Assisted Living (CCTAL).
It has come to the urgent attention of the community group, The Concerned Citizens for Tonasket Assisted Living, that there have been statements made by hospital management that this citizens’ group wants to shut down North Valley Hospital.
Poll of the Week
Should the Oroville School Board have renewed OHS Social Studies Teacher Ryan Frazier's Contract
- Yes, he has made a change in students' lives and got them excited about school (46%, 64 Votes)
- Yes, the board should have gone with Principal Kristin Sarmiento's evaluation and recommendation (25%, 35 Votes)
- I don't have enough information to say one way or another (16%, 22 Votes)
- Yes, with the understanding he address Supt. Steve Quick's concerns (14%, 19 Votes)
- No, the issue went through the superintendent and board and should be dropped there (9%, 13 Votes)
- No, we elect local school boards to make these sorts of decisions for us (8%, 11 Votes)
- No, Supt. Steve Quick recommended the first-year probationary teacher's contract not be renewed (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 140