To the editor:
I think it's time that the community and our leaders take yet another hard look at our hospital and its antics.
On Wednesday, we all read in the paper how the hospital was applying for a huge DOLA grant. In this article, commissioners Tom Gray and Audrey Danner report being "happy to sign off" on the $1 million request. The grant is to be used for a new MRI machine.
The fact is that Craig already has a perfectly good, non-obsolete, "same as Steamboat Springs" MRI machine. It makes me sick to hear that they would be so flippant with that money. As a taxpayer who is paying for this new hospital to be built, I would hope that TMH and our commissioners would have better sense than to waste $1 million on a product that we already have.
If you remember three or four years ago, we had a wonderful specialist clinic called Northwest Imaging. Myself and some others worked enthusiastically to recruit doctors to come to Craig, and we did it by providing an X-ray machine, ultra sounds and an MRI machine. I am an X-ray/MRI technologist who worked full time so that our community and the insurance money could stay right here at home. It was a great, promising clinic that brought in an OB/GYN, pediatricians, dermatologist and additional orthopedic doctors.
TMH took over the building and fired a number of longtimers, myself included. Since those changes in management, that clinic sadly has been run into the ground. Instead of keeping those of us who live and want to work in Craig, they've hired traveling techs for triple the money. Most of the doctors have moved on because the conditions we worked so hard for were not maintained.
What a waste for our community.
The hospital asks us to support them, but when you peek behind the curtain, you'll see they aren't supporting us.
The fact that they have the nerve to imply that a million dollars is needed for an MRI machine is ridiculous. I'm offended that they would waste so much money. Evidently, The Memorial Hospital haven't heard of "going green."
The present MRI machine will just sit dusty, while the hospital makes you think that they are doing us all a big favor by buying this new equipment. I think if TMH wants to do us a favor, they should take that grant money and put it towards the new building we are paying for, or better yet, give it to Moffat County Youth Services, who legitimately are in need of money to help homeless children in our community.
Watch out, people. We're getting buffaloed again.