To the editor:
My first memory of the Memorial Hospital was in the early 1950s when my grandfather, Ralph Reeve, was a patient in the new facility. From the front yard, my parents lifted me up to see him through the outside room window because young visitors were discouraged for heart patients. Throughout the years, the occasions for my family to use the hospital have been numerous, and many times it has been a matter of life or death.
Later in life, I learned that Mr. Reeve and other Moffat County citizens were instrumental in organizing and building the hospital. At about the same time, I also remember seeing my grandmother washing and mending large stacks of hospital gowns and other linens as a member of the volunteer auxiliary.
These family members and their neighbors served as volunteers and sacrificed time and money knowing that having medical care in a rural community was the difference between life, death, or tragedy. They knew that families would need medical care, that urgent emergencies would unexpectedly arise and that people needed a place to go for immediate medical care. They understood that health care access is critical for the survival of a rural community and they knew from experience there was a high price to pay when there was no hospital.
The Memorial Hospital is about having excellent health care readily available for your family, for my family, and being there for everyone in this community whatever hour that need might arise. How fortunate we are that visionaries of a previous generation deeply cared about these needs and acted to provide a hospital that endured for several generations. Our community is now blessed with the privilege of having The Memorial Hospital and the dedicated staff available whenever the need arises. Despite many difficult times, the hospital has always emerged stronger because good people in this community rise to the occasion and support the hospital through all circumstances. Now approximately 60 years later, changes in medical technology, new government regulations, normal wear and tear on the current hospital, as well as the health care expectations of the community mandate change.
The community once again is being called upon to contribute to the future of the hospital and plan for the health needs of our families for several generations.
Just as early leaders saw the need for a modern and expandable hospital as critical to the well-being of their family and community, that need is still critical. Supporting and investing in The Memorial Hospital is essential to the well being and care of your family and your neighbor's family, not just for the present but well into the future.
Please support our hospital and sustain the enduring vision that so many community leaders have had and still have. The Memorial Hospital is truly a lifeline of hope for our rural community and each family in our community.