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My Turn: Hospital measures itself against the best

Karen Sessler, MD

On behalf of the board of directors of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, I extend heartfelt thanks to you, my neighbors, for approving Measure C.

Your “yes” votes were a reaffirmation of the spirit of this community. Despite all of the challenges and all of the changes, this community still cares and supports health care, education and public safety.

I thank everyone who thoughtfully considered the issues and cast their ballot. To those who voted yes, I am honored and humbled by the trust you have demonstrated. To those who voted no, we will work hard to earn your trust. We will remember every day that it is your money, entrusted to us to spend wisely and efficiently on your behalf.

This campaign provided us with invaluable opportunities to talk with the community. It was exciting to have the community focus on health care. Some of the things said weren’t easy to hear, but we were listening. We are already working on the issues raised and want to find ways to continue the dialog. We need to hear your point of view.

Honestly, we were a bit surprised that everyone didn’t know that the Tahoe Forest Hospital is owned by the people of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. It’s our job to eliminate that confusion and provide regular information about your hospital.

We know that many of you received phone calls from us and some received many phone calls. I apologize if we were intrusive. We were tenacious in trying to talk with you about Measure C. We will direct that same tenacity toward safeguarding the assets that you have entrusted to us.

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Thank you to all of the Friends of Tahoe Forest Hospital. I continue to be awed by your tireless dedication to this cause, your willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, and your belief that together we can do great things. I hope that years from now you will proudly point to our new facilities and say, “I helped build that!”

Our mission is “Devoted to Excellence ” Your Health, Your Life, Our Passion.” Your hospital district board is dedicated to this mission and to improving the health of everyone in our community. We focus every day on achieving the highest clinical quality and service. We are measuring ourselves against the best and our vision is to be the best mountain community health system in the country. This community deserves nothing less.

Your hospital district can now move forward with plans to improve our health care facilities. We are ready to get started. Visit and tour our facilities, attend a board meeting, apply for the citizen’s oversight committee, or send an e-mail a board member. Tahoe Forest is your hospital district. Please join with us as we improve your community hospital and health system.