Letter: Should Presbyterian take over Holy Cross?

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Open letter to Mr. Bill Patten, CEO; Holy Cross Hospital Board of Directors and the Taos Community:

I am writing in response to Mr. Patten’s invitation for community input to the urgent financial issues at Holy Cross Hospital. The survival of our local hospital is a matter of life and death.

The well-being and growth of Taos depend on quality health care.

My family and I have received very good care at Holy Cross for three generations. Thank you, Mr Patten, for your clear and troubling article in the Feb. 22, 2018 Taos News, describing how hard it is for a small, rural independent hospital to buy needed equipment and keep excellent staff.

What about becoming part of the Presbyterian Health Care system? It seems that the support and power of a larger organization would help with some of the critical problems we are facing. Many people think very highly of the Presbyterian Espanola Hospital. In addition to their Albuquerque hospitals, Presbyterian operates the hospitals in Clovis, Rio Rancho, Ruidoso, Socorro and Tucumcari. Their Santa Fe hospital is under construction. It seems they are a not-for-profit health care system dedicated to our state.

I have no financial, political or other interest in Presbyterian, but it seems obvious that we should have an open discussion about becoming a part of its hospital group.

Sincerely, Elizabeth A (Betsy) Martinez, Ranchos de Taos, was a physician assistant for 37 years in Taos County

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