CVH race

As a health care provider, I have been observing the progress of the “race” for a seat on the board of Cascade Valley Hospital. My observations have caused me to wonder about some things.

I wonder, why would a medical doctor spend what appears to be a good amount of money and indulge in negative politics (only a hair dresser) to seek a non paid seat on the board of a hospital he chose to turn his back on years ago and take his business outside of the community to a hospital that competes with Cascade Valley Hospital for patients?

I wonder, how could a medical doctor who receives his income from performing procedures on patients, many of which must be performed in a hospital, serve on the board of a hospital without being involved in some element of conflict of interest? Medicine is, after all, a business. If he takes his patients to a competing hospital, wouldn’t it be against his best interests to try and attract more people to Cascade Valley Hospital? Further if he chooses to bring his patients to Cascade Valley hospital as a board member couldn’t his decisions tend to serve his interests as opposed to competing physicians with practices at Cascade Valley Hospital or the best interests of the community? I do not believe that having a practicing physician on the board of a hospital is illegal but, I wonder about the ethics.

I wonder, given the candidate’s statements about being “a voice for change” and “creating a center of excellence”, if the candidate has read any of the surveys conducted recently regarding care quality and patient satisfaction. Cascade Valley Hospital regularly enjoys high ratings from its patients in surveys conducted by an independent agency. Surveys of patient care quality, also conducted by independent and governmental agencies, consistently rate Cascade Valley Hospital very high in its category of hospitals. A 2008 survey of 30 day patient readmissions (a measure of quality and effective care) showed the readmission rate for Cascade Valley Hospital to be one of the lowest (best) of the hospitals surveyed.

These surveys are all public record as are the reports that show Cascade Valley Hospital is financially sound and continuing to grow in care capability, physical size, and patient volume during difficult financial times.

It appears that the existing Board of Cascade Valley Hospital, consisting of non medical professionals who have the best interest of the facility and the community in heart and mind, have made, and are continuing to make, appropriate, sound decisions for the benefit of all.

My dad used to tell me: if it isn’t broken, don’t pull it apart and try to fix it. Given all of the above, I wonder if that might be the best advice for the upcoming election for the seat on the Board of Cascade Valley Hospital? I wonder.

H. Kingman R.N.


More in Letters to the Editor

New Lakewood supe says door is always open

Vote for Tolbert The mayoral election that’s just around the corner is… Continue reading

Nice 4th show, but please clean up

This was my first 4th of July living in downtown Arlington. And… Continue reading

Thanks for participating in putting fire levy on ballot

North County Fire/EMS wants to say thank you. Our Fire Authority recently… Continue reading

Thank to Marysville for another successful Strawberry Festival

The Marysville Strawberry Festival Board of Directors would like to thank you… Continue reading

Community support appeciated

Dear Editor, North County Fire & EMS provides fire suppression and emergency… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Opioid bill flawed, as is request for more money for schools

Schools already get lots of funding

Marysville School District is spending $15,700 per student, yet the union wants… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Socialism worked in Netherlands Steve Powell - what kind of a reporter/journalist… Continue reading

Children’s lives end every Wednesday

A voice for the unborn We are pro-life. We stand peacefully praying… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Thank you to Mr. Powell for exposing the confusing evolution about gender… Continue reading

Here’s another vote for the Arlington school bond

Arlington School District has a bond proposal on the ballot Feb. 12.… Continue reading

More support for Arlington school bonds

Vote for schools We want to voice our support for the Arlington… Continue reading