My Turn: Tahoe Forest Hospital is true heart of our community |

My Turn: Tahoe Forest Hospital is true heart of our community

Having moved here almost 30 years ago, Marilyn, daughter Susan and I were looking for a community that would be an extension of our family.

Yes, we saw the mountain lifestyle, great recreation opportunities, friendly people and everything being close to home. What we didn’t initially see was what it took to be a part of an extended family. As happens within our direct families, the extended family must have support to provide those basic necessities ” health, safety, education, housing ” allowing us to enjoy the amenities of our outstanding community.

We all must work and/or contribute (voluntarily and monetarily) to insure our law enforcement, fire protection, utilities, schools, and health care services do provide the necessities our lives require.

The Tahoe Forest Hospital is the critical component to providing our health care service needs. The Tahoe Forest Hospital ensures that my “family members” remain as healthy and comfortable as we can be. Each day, as I watch the numerous paramedic vehicles pass through the Tahoe City Wye, I can’t help but wonder how results might differ if they were heading to Reno instead of Truckee.

I know through personal experience and that of close friends, how much an enlarged cancer center would relieve the additional emotional stress now caused by the required commute to Reno for treatment, and having to rely on family and friends to help by interrupting their days for hours at a time. Obstetrics and long-term care facilities just make good sense, enabling us to have our babies, and our family members needing extended care, close to home.

Like our schools, fire stations, water and sewer lines, our publicly-owned (not private) Tahoe Forest Hospital is an extremely important piece of our infrastructure ” the true heart of our community. Measure C is our way of guaranteeing upgrades and improvements necessary to continue having a local full service hospital. At $30 per year to the average local homeowner, how can we not afford to vote “yes” for state-of-the-art medical care right here in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.

Considering the quality of health care, travel time, sense of security, family (and community) well-being, and even the cost of just one unnecessary trip to Reno, the thought of not passing Measure C is unthinkable. This community has been good to all of us because we all have been an integral part of the community. Please, do vote “yes” on Measure C and mail your ballot today.

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