Last July, voters in Plumas County went to the polls to approve Measure A and ensure that Plumas District Hospital and our emergency room remain open and ready to serve the medical needs of our community now and into the future.
While we struggle to mitigate the impact of the unexpected tax increases, our community once again has some important decisions to make. There are those in the community who wish to rescind or modify Measure A.
Without our ability to sell bonds in the current economy, we will not be able to make the improvements needed to keep our hospital open.
Even without the need to meet seismic upgrades in the short term, if we are unable to make critically needed improvements to our deteriorating infrastructure, the hospital is not sustainable in the long term.
If we wait to make improvements, increased costs for construction, materials and an unknown healthcare economy may make it financially impossible. Without these badly needed improvements to our facility, we could anticipate closure of the hospital in the next 10–20 years.
This would have a devastating impact on our community, its health and its economy.
Without an emergency room, victims of heart attacks, accidents, injuries and other medical emergencies would have to travel 75 miles to the next closest full-service emergency room for life-saving care. Expectant mothers would have to travel that distance to deliver their babies.
We would lose doctors that rely on the hospital to provide high-quality care for our patients. In short, our community would be without the critical life support systems it needs.
As one of the largest employers in the area, the closure of the hospital also would mean the loss of hundreds of jobs. Coming on the heels of job losses at our local mill, this would further devastate the local economy.
The closure of any hospital can have an adverse impact on a community, including the ability to attract or retain physicians, residents and businesses, and a negative impact on property values and local tax revenues leading to further reductions in local government services and quality of life.
These are very important things to consider. We must put anger aside and work together to ensure that our hospital remains open for the health of our community.
We will do everything possible on our end to keep this project moving forward, and look forward to your participation and input to make it happen. Working together is in the best interest of our community.