Joann Prendergast: Full service a must for Manteca Kaiser hospital

February 18, 2014 

In response to the article “Seniors fight plans at hospital” (Feb. 15, Page B1) regarding Kaiser Permanente Manteca Hospital: I am one of those seniors affected by the diminishing services in Manteca being relocated to Modesto. Contrary to Kaiser spokesman Corwin Harper’s statement that “services alleged to have ceased never were offered at Manteca Hospital” (cardiology, gastrointestinal, orthopedic), I beg to differ. Several years ago, after spending five days in the Manteca hospital, I was taken by ambulance to Modesto because Manteca Kaiser Permanente could no longer perform a colonoscopy. In addition, I recently had to use the orthopedic services – where? – in Modesto.

Many of us have health issues and find it difficult to drive to Modesto on the freeways, or even visit family/friends there. Manteca’s emergency department is often overloaded and is sending many patients to Modesto who could be cared for here in our own hospital if the powers-that-be would see fit to open our fully equipped 19-bed third floor.

This is a growing city with a huge influx of seniors into the Del Webb community in particular. Many, many Kaiser members have moved here or are moving here because we have a hospital. Since it is already here, let’s fight to have it fully functioning again!

JOANN PRENDERGAST

Manteca

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