It appears from reading our local newspaper and from comments on the street
that there is a misconception regarding the proposed strategic plan for
Humboldt General Hospital.
Allow me to clarify a couple of points: First, the proposed strategic plan
presented by me at the May 14, 2016 hospital board retreat is simply that:
PROPOSED. It is my job to have knowledge of healthcare trends and where
(in my opinion) HGH needs to go in order to appropriately serve this community.
These proposed plans were presented to the board for their consideration.
They are currently under review by the board for their approval, revision
or rejection. The board has the ultimate say in what direction this hospital
takes in order to serve this community.
Second: There appears to be some confusion regarding the purchase of a
portion of Vesco City Park by the hospital. This idea has been discussed
for several years between the hospital and the City of Winnemucca. No
decisions have been made by either party and there are strong feelings
on both sides of the issue. The City of Winnemucca has not offered any
of Vesco City Park to the hospital. Further, the hospital has not offered
to purchase any portion of Vesco City Park. Just like any transaction,
there must be a willing seller and a willing buyer. Should this idea come
to the forefront, a great deal of public discussion will occur.
Lastly, let me state that your hospital and every hospital across the country
is operating within a sea of change. This is not easy for the hospital
or the patients that we serve. I agree with a previous writer that encouraged
citizens to attend board meetings. This includes attendance at our retreat
as well. Investing two days in learning and understanding the healthcare
industry may clear up some confusion.
--Jim Parrish, CEO, Humboldt General Hospital