Letters to the Editor

Letters | Hauglie and Jones show what’s best in Valley

As a former Hospital employee, I can affirm firsthand the Snoqualmie Valley has greatly benefited from Hospital District Commissioner Kevin Hauglie and President Dick Jones’ brilliant —I would call it courageous—leadership these past six years. They have helped transform the then-struggling hospital into a thriving 21st century healthcare institution, well suited to the personality of the Valley and able to meet its growing needs well into the future.

On their watch, the hospital became an early adopter of electronic medical records. Its Critical Access designation, regionally acclaimed swing bed program, rehab department and the upgrade of its urgent care unit to a 24/7 ER are just a few examples of Hauglie and Jones’ vision and stewardship. Most importantly, those in the know have recognized  that the hospital district has achieved medical excellence throughout the entire organization.

Under Commissioners Jones and Hauglie’s leadership, the district has accomplished all this while navigating extraordinarily difficult economic times these past several years. Please note: They’re paying down debt. The district operates in the black. The hospital and its clinics provide living wage jobs for hundreds of employees, most of whom I believe actually live in the Valley. All this and more has been accomplished without raising taxes once.

Please consider voting for Dick Jones and Kevin Hauglie for Hospital District Board of Commissioners. They exemplify what is best about the Valley and have earned your vote of confidence for another term in office.

Scott Scowcroft

West Seattle

 

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