Our View: They built it for us

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Craig Editorial Board, October 2009 to January 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative
  • Kenny Wohl, community representative

— There were many complaints about The Memorial Hospital's current facility.

It costs too much to maintain. It's myriad problems hurt recruitment of new doctors. It was cramped and not user-friendly.

The Moffat County and Craig communities should be proud of themselves for putting their money where their mouth was. Three years ago this month, voters approved a $42.6 million bond issue that would essentially pay for a new hospital to be built in Craig.

This vote in particular should solve many problems. On Nov. 12, when the new hospital opens to patients, the promise of that vote becomes reality.

The doctors, nurses and other practitioners will now have a state of the art facility in which to provide the community health care. Residents will have the opportunity to receive care in a facility that was designed for the convenience and care of the patient.

The community made this project happen, and residents should be proud of themselves.

The Memorial Hospital is hosting an open house and offering tours today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The members of the Editorial Board encourage everyone to attend this event. This is an opportunity to go and experience what we are all paying for.

The members of this board also would like to point out that this project is within budget and scheduled to be completed ahead of deadline. The credit for accomplishing this should go to The Memorial Hospital staff and the staff of Robins & Morton, the project's general contractor.

Now, The Memorial Hospital staff and management, Moffat County Commission, citizens of Craig and Moffat County have the responsibility of taking care of it.

Just as it is important for those hospital and county officials in charge of managing operations to provide this community with the best medical care possible, it is important for all residents to take advantage of this wonderful community asset.

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