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|Sonoma County, CA||November 7, 2006 Election|
Sonoma Index Tribune Questions
By Lisa A. HardyCandidate for Board Member; Sonoma Valley Health Care District
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Opinions/Views1) What are your skills and qualifications that make you the best choice for the hospital board?
2) What do you consider to be the biggest challenges facing the hospital board, and how will you help with those issues?
Getting 67% of the voters to agree to finance a new hospital. Teamwork is a must if we are going to meet that goal. The teamwork should include working closely with the community in advance in order to identify the option most likely to succeed. The lack of financial stability of the current hospital needs to be more adequately addressed. A local sales tax would be a possible solution. With a sales tax, everyone benefiting from the improved services would pay. It should be considered in place of the parcel tax that has carried the financial burden for decades.
3) What are your opinions about hospital plans that would use eminent domain or an expansion of the urban growth boundary?
My opinion on eminent domain is based on a moral grounds. In our society, the terms on which people sell their property are determined by them and only them. To impose eminent domain diminishes the civil rights of a property owner. Yet, if used in its true form, full justification of eminent domain can not be dismissed.
4) What are your views about a privately owned hospital versus a publicly owned hospital?
A private hospital's bottom line is to make money. It has an obligation to its investors to earn them a return on their investment. Because of this, private hospitals may be more inclined to limit spending on patients, which could result in inferior patient care.
5) What will you do to ease the tension in the community surrounding the hospital?
I would work on rebuilding the trust between the Hospital Board and the community. I would accomplish this with teamwork. With everyone working towards a common goal and putting aside personal differences, it is attainable. The Board should be held accountable for their actions. The Board has to present a solution that is in the best interest for the entire community. We can build a hospital and support services that are a reflection of our great town of Sonoma.
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