The tax to provide collateral for building a new hospital has been rejected by a shockingly wide margin. Still, the Governing Board and the staff of the District are united in our commitment to do whatever is necessary to continue providing healthcare beyond 2029, and we will redouble our efforts to obtain community support for this project.
We learned as we worked on this campaign that win, lose, or draw, we have a lot of work to do to acquaint our community with who we are, what services we provide, and how we do it. Our goal is to provide the information our friends and neighbors need to realize that this is, indeed, our community’s Healthcare District.
Toward that end, we are looking forward to a busy summer. We will be sharing stories about our employees and the work they do. We’ll host an event in our courtyard where community members can meet our providers, tour our current facility, and learn about our plans for the new hospital. We’ll be tabling weekly at the Garberville Farmers’ Market, varying both the subject focus and the individuals manning the table.
We’ll also continue sharing information about the planning process, and about the complex regulatory environment within which we are working to accomplish our goal of building a healthcare facility that will be state of the art when it opens and that will serve our community well for the next 50 years.
And we will be asking those who share our commitment to join us in these efforts. Small rural hospitals throughout the United States and the state of California have closed when their communities failed to support them. These next few months will be critical in determining the future of our community’s healthcare.