Letters to the Editor

'No' vote starts us down slippery slope

As a concerned citizen, I support Measure Q. Oak Valley Hospital District operates outpatient clinics in Riverbank, Escalon and Oakdale. Our hospital operates ambulance services in Waterford, Riverbank, Escalon and Oakdale, as well as a skilled nursing facility. Our hospital affiliates with numerous local physicians and provides many outpatient services, including lab, radiology, physical therapy and others.

If Measure Q does not pass, this could start a momentum which would negatively affect the operations of Oak Valley Hospital and, in turn, the local population.

If there were no local ambulances, how long would it take to have an ambulance come from Modesto, pick up a patient and then return? If there were no clinics, how would that impact our emergency room? Or worse, without a local facility, how long would someone have to wait at an out-of-town emergency room?

Many of us have primary physician care in Oakdale and the clinical services are used by many. How long would those physicians keep their local offices without a hospital to admit their patients? Would you want to go to Modesto for every blood test or X-ray?

Don't let a few dollars per year affect our community in such a profoundly negative way. Vote "yes" on Measure Q.