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Highway 1340, while wide on comparison, is dead on in their comments. I wish photos were possible on this blog as I have a ton of them portraying the struggles we overcame everyday that would show the need for this new building.
Even thought the building is attractive, there was no "pretty" in our minds when designing this place, function was the name of the game and this facility was designed around clinical needs, not looks or big offices. Nobody's health or recovery was hindered at old TMH, it was the delivery of that care which became hindered, we just ran out of room for modern medicine. Second to that was the privacy factor, HIPPA regulates that patients have to have privacy, sharing a room with another patient is a thing of the past. Day Surgery was a 5 bed room divided by curtians, you had to sit there and hear the person next to you share their most valued medical secrets. Now all of that has changed with private rooms on the Med/Surg wing and in the Day Surgery area, bringing TMH up to modern privacy expectations.
I have yet to hear any negative comments about the new facility from any patient coming through Surgery, most of them are very happy for us and think that our community deserved better than a 60 year old dysfunctional building. As for a medical clinic, old TMH is perfect as they have also been able to expand their space to provide quality healthcare in areas such as OB/GYN, Orthopedics, General surgery and Urology with plenty of room for expansion if any other specialties want to locate here. Sounds like a perfect use for an old hospital to me.
My general offer still stands (which as of today nobody has taken me up on), if anyone wants a tour of the old or the new or both, please look me up, you know where to find me.
I agree that the position should be held by a licensed physician, in larger cities it is usually an MD who is the coroner, why not us? Dr. E is a very busy man, I don't know how he would feel about being a coroner along with the rest of his responsibilities. Being an OB/GYN, he is the "beginning of life" type, unsure on how he feels on the "end of life" side of things.
Could not have picked a better person for the job. Congrats Dr. E.
Out of all your so called "facts", only two actually are facts:
Fact #1: "TMH was told that a new facility would increase business 20-30 %."
This is true so far, we are busier than ever and continue to be.
Fact # 7 "The Community is lucky to have a great new hospital."
We could not have one at all, as some seem to wish for. I feel very fortunate to work in such a great facility with awesome people.
All the rest is just hearsay as usual. Please provide your evidence and proof for the rest of your so called "facts", I'm interested to hear them.
Oh, and blueeyes...spot on.
"I agree with you except for the fact that you have posted anonymously in the past (Native) and continue to under other names. The spirit of the internet is about anonymity. People have been posting under pen-names for centuries. This venue isn't any different."
I do not use any other user names that are anonymous, I use my real name. If you would like to meet with me to discuss this further, seeing how you know me so much, come on up, you know where to find me.
Stop making it anonymous.
This one simple action would curb the self righteous viciousness found on this forum, which is an embarrasment to those who have the ability to read it...worldwide. I can't imagine what they think of our little town...well I can, but i will hold my tounge as usual.
The difference is being reported or not...not everyone is going to report rocks coming down and that may be why the powers to be keep saying it is so rare. I only drive this route on Mondays so my chances of seeing something actively falling are slim. I do however see rocks down that were not there the week before, evidence that they are coming down. Maybe some see them and risk stopping to clear them out of the way, smaller ones that is. As far as house sized or even couch sized rocks coming down, I would agree it is a rarity. Obviously one the size of a basketball can be damaging enough. Using chain and netting is a good idea but it will not stop the larger ones from coming down, that method does have its limitations but it might prevent something such as yesterday from happening again. At least it is going to be addressed, what the outcome will be we will have to wait and see. It does seem that everyone, or most that drive that stretch of road are concerned, and with every right to be. Lets be proactive, just once.
My condolences to the family, I did not know this person but was shocked and saddened to hear about it. What a tragedy.
This spot and the part that hugs the cliff side about a mile away seem very susceptible to slides and rocks falling, which is something only nature itself can control. With the variable warm to freezing, rain and snow creating mud and loose debris, I'm very surprised a major portion of either place has not come down yet, might be just a matter of time before it does...this could be the precursor. I do agree however that more diligent monitoring of this heavily traveled area would be prudent but there seems to be no feasible solutions to bypass or control the rocks falling off of them without spending millions of dollars...which is not available (except if we all lived on the front range, then it would be fixed tomorrow).
I seem to remember a portion that slid into the road on the corners between the two long straights just after Milner, going west. A large piece of the hill slid into the road and its scar is still evident today if you know where to look, it is also guarded by several of those large concrete barriers.
I would not call it a "freak" accident and those that think rocks falling there are "very, very rare" are fooling themselves.
Oh the birthday club....and when there was a fire or other emergency, I remember that he would walk up to the street (the old KRAI location is now a parking lot across from Conoco on Victory Way) and give a "play by play" on the action going on. Growing up in Craig as a kid, I lived very close to the station and would always wander over to peer in the mirrored windows, wondering how the heck he worked his radio magic (I found out many years later how it was all done).
RIP Dick, your powerful voice will always be remembered in this valley by those of us that were graced with listening to you.
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