To the Editor:
The need for a new community hospital is about more than a big, new building and fancy equipment - it's about an investment in our community for the improvement of health care in the Yampa Valley. Moffat County is home to great doctors and other medical professionals who come to work every day in an aging hospital and who overcome the limitations of operating space and technology there.
Moffat County residents deserve high-quality medical personnel and the best possible health care experience. A new hospital will provide four key things for patients: increased patient privacy, much needed technology, better utilized space and the best opportunity to recruit and retain the best medical professionals.
New patient rooms will be private, the operating rooms will be enlarged to provide adequate space for all procedures and a third operating room will be added to meet patient volume in the near future. The emergency room will be expanded to provide adequate space for patient care, and to give all ER patients privacy. There will be improvements that will allow for faster and more efficient nursing care. These are just a few of the improvements that will be made.
In the next few years, the cost of a replacement hospital facility will only increase, and the need to replace our current facility will become more critical. The responsible course of action is to start on the project as soon as possible.
In years past, there has been a great deal of debate about the processes by which the hospital administration and board of trustees have attempted to build a new facility.
In the end, the public, city and county were involved in the new site selection process and the Colorado Northwestern Community College location was the overwhelming choice.
We believe that now is the right time to invest in this important community infrastructure. We know that health care is important to you, and we hope that you will join us in voting yes on 1A for a new hospital in November.
Dr. Andre Huffmire
Dr. Caroline Reilly
Dr. Larry Kipe
Dr. Greg Roberts
Physician Assistant Tracey Ketcham