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Published: Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Valley General

Hospital needs community help

Regarding the Wednesday article, "Monroe hospital's deal for partnership is off":
I am an employee at Valley General Hospital. I have worked in numerous facilities in several states; big hospitals and little. I can tell you I have never been as happy in my career as I have been at VGH. Yes, we're tiny, and there are services that we can't/don't provide, but we are generally stellar at the ones that we do provide. The teamwork and camaraderie that is shown between all departments is unsurpassed in my opinion. I am very proud to work at and take my family for treatment to Valley General.
As the news of the failure to reach a deal with Capella comes out, I would like people in the valley to realize something. With all the talk of levies and taxes, it's really easy to become overwhelmed with the numbers and not think that they really matter.
Well, when we got our tax breakdown a couple of years ago, I noticed that the police got this much, the schools got this much, and so on down the list. What caught my attention was that the hospital was literally at the bottom of the list. I pulled out my calculator and did some quick math and realized that we were paying less than $30 a year in taxes for the hospital, but almost $300 a year for our library system. Yes, we do have a really great library system, but I don't think that voters realize what they have done to themselves.
Everyone wants quality care, but they don't want to pay for it. I'm sorry to say that it doesn't work that way, and it has gotten critical.
With where things are for us financially, when the voters see something regarding the hospital come up, maybe they should pay a little closer attention to the facts and figures. Either that or I suppose they can just head to the library the next time they're having chest pain and look it up.
Praying for a miracle cure!
Susan LaPlante
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