Commissioners’ views on health care miss mark |

Commissioners’ views on health care miss mark

I do not appreciate the recent comments made by county commissioners Tom Long and Bill Wallace regarding their perception of the health care needs of our community.

Instead of becoming educated on the issues, they want to use consultants and lawyers to make ill-conceived, legal, but valueless decisions.

These commissioners seem to be leaving our Western values in the dust and turning Summit County into a suburb of Denver. How dare they politicize the chance for our community to have a general hospital?

This is interesting to me because they are not concerned about those of us on the north end of the county, beginning at Rock Creek, who have to pay the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Special District at least $200 a year.

They aren’t worried about Summit County taxpayers in that regard. I personally know they are not concerned or care about the type of services offered there. For the last three years, I was the chief executive officer at the Kremmling Hospital.

I went to them, per the law, with the hospital budget and annual report, and they listened, nodded and used their rubber stamp.

I object to them using our tax dollars to hire a $50,000-plus consultant to study their issues with St. Anthony’s. This will only continue to damage our relationship with St. Anthony’s and we, the taxpayer, will lose out.

Hey commissioners, Summit County is not a suburb of Denver. We are still a close-knit community, which you seem to want to unravel and polarize. If you continue to insist on wasting money hiring a health care consultant for this project, then at least hire one from a rural community who understands rural needs. Do you understand the difference?

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