Susan E. Birch and Carrie Godes: VNA clarifying Haven plans

To the editor:

It has become evident to the executive staff and board of the VNA that we have not adequately communicated our motives and plans regarding the Haven to the residents of the Yampa Valley. We are now taking steps to remedy this situation and will be conducting some public meetings in the near future to provide information and receive input from interested residents in our region.

In the meantime, we would like to clarify and redress some misperceptions and misunderstandings resulting from discussions held at recent public meetings.

First, the VNA wants to be a collaborative, contributing participant in providing quality health care throughout the Yampa Valley. We value and highly regard the current health care providers in our communities, and our interest in the future care of our senior citizens will be thoroughly covered in our meetings with the public.

We are especially pleased that the loss of one of our community's nursing homes was not permanent, and that local citizens have made possible the care for seniors at the new Sandrock Ridge skilled nursing facility. Sandrock Ridge accepts Medicaid, Medicare and private pay residents, making its services attainable to most seniors.

Should the VNA successfully acquire the Haven, it is our intent to be supportive of existing facilities providing senior care while offering services that complement the levels of care currently available to our seniors.

We are confident that as we provide the public with adequate information regarding our plans for the Haven, it will become evident that the VNA's contribution to senior care will be a positive for our communities, including a complimentary working relationship with existing senior care facilities.

Susan E. Birch

Executive director

Visiting Nurse Association

Carrie Godes

Public information coordinator

Visiting Nurse Association

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