“The fate of DMC will impact not only the residents of West County, but the surrounding communities in your jurisdiction to the East, as well as nearby communities in Alameda County will be impacted if services at DMC are reduced or eliminated. With results of the parcel tax initiative due today, the timeliness of adding this issue to the agenda cannot be seriously questioned. By virtue of our work, we are intimately familiar with the very substantial need for a fully operational acute care hospital to which non-Kaiser members have ready access in the Western region of Contra Costa County.
The threat of closure of the Emergency Department and other critical services provided by DMC in San Pablo and the spiraling decline of healthcare services resulting from the ongoing financial troubles within the WCCHD requires immediate response in order to ensure continuing community access to hospital and healthcare services. ” (continue reading…)