The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider the proposal for a new Sutter hospital near the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
The following letters were submitted in support of the project.
Sutter cardiac services
fill a critical need
I ask you share with the residents of Sonoma County the severe consequences to the community’s health care system should the proposed Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa new hospital project not get approved or is delayed. If the new hospital project is not under construction by the end of the year, the county could face the closure of the Chanate buildings in 2012 due to noncompliance with state seismic safety laws.
Sutter plays a particularly crucial role in Sonoma County’s health care system as one of only two hospitals in the county providing invasive cardiac surgery services. Sutter’s Cardiac Program received national recognition by Health Grades in 2010. Closure of the Chanate buildings would leave our community with only one hospital to perform cardiac surgery.
The health of our community depends on ensuring the approval of this project without delay so that our community has no interruption of live-saving medical services at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and Sutter’s Heart & Vascular Center.
Northern California Medical Associates
Sutter project would be
boost to local economy
Sonoma County has been hit hard by the downturn in all sectors of employment, which greatly impacts businesses which rely on a vibrant economy and tourism.
The new Sutter hospital project will be a shot in the arm to our local economy generating hundreds of jobs with Sutter’s $284 million investment in building a state-of-the-art and earthquake-safe hospital without one dime of taxpayer funds.
While the county’s contract with Sutter is through 2021, Sonoma County would be well served to do whatever is needed to assist Sutter in making this project financially viable. We need them to stay and continue serving our county.
Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co.
Growing Hispanic, Latino
need Sutter’s services
I am writing in support of the proposed new hospital and medical campus planned for Sutter-owned property on Mark West Springs Road.
I serve in many leadership positions in health care that provide essential services to our community. I am currently program director of the Latino Service Providers as well as chair of the community advisory council for Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. I previously served as a member of the board of directors for the center for seven years prior to its merger with the West Bay Region of Sutter Health.
The County of Sonoma chose Sutter Health to take over Community Hospital because of Sutter’s record for delivering quality patient care, careful planning for community health care needs and ability to solve the seismic compliance issues looming ahead with the antiquated buildings at the Chanate campus. As you know, if Sutter is not under construction by October, it could miss the state deadlines providing an extension for AB1953. The result would be the closure of the Chanate hospital at the end of 2012, which would have disastrous consequences in our community, but particularly for our growing Hispanic and Latino patient populations.