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Opinion: Tahoe Forest services are very much essential

As a taxpayer, full-time resident and candidate for the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors, I must respectfully disagree with the opinions shared by Jack Kashtan in the 10/19 edition of the Sierra Sun, “Opinion: Vote for John Mohun for Tahoe Forest Hospital Board.”

Our hospital and what it is today reflects the wishes of the vast majority of the community who approved by a 72% super-majority the bond to expand “the facilities, programs, and roster of medical specialists to provide services” which, in Mr. Kashtan’s opinion, “are neither basic nor essential.”

I cannot help but wonder how many patients and families who have benefited from our emergency room, our cancer center, our orthopedic center, our center for women and newborn care, our medical specialty practices, our long term care facility, and our hospice program ever uttered the words, “This was neither basic nor essential.”

As to the “egregious expansion of the cancer center,” I wonder if the 3,000 patients and their families who have benefited from such wonderful care here at home might also respectfully disagree. As a husband who lost his wife to cancer, I think I can relate.

The opinion piece also mentions that Mr. Mohun “stands for fiscal responsibility and a commitment to returning the hospital to its proper mission.”

Tahoe Forest Hospital District employes over 720 people (77% who live in the region), and contributes over $100 million annually to our economy. (UNR, 8/14, “The Impact of the Tahoe Forest Hospital on the Local Economy”).

Eliminating our core programs would be fiscally irresponsible and economically disastrous. The resulting erosion of the tax base alone would put the very existence of our hospital at risk, and threaten our community’s health and economic well-being.

I care deeply about our hospital and am passionate about its sustainability.

Randy Hill

Tahoe Vista

Candidate for Tahoe Forest Hospital Board of Directors