I was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and raised in Montesano. I lived most of my life in Grays Harbor County but three years ago moved to Olympia. I have been employed at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for 17 years.
I am writing in support of Grays Harbor Community Hospital not because of my job but because I have a daughter, grandchildren, mother, sister, and many other relatives and friends who live in the proposed Public Hospital District No. 2.
I love them and want them to continue to have access to the services that are currently available at GHCH.
In 1987, when I was living in Ocean Shores, I almost died from blood loss due to a complication in pregnancy. Fortunately, the Ocean Shores EMS personnel were able to transport me in the nick of time to Aberdeen and the GHCH emergency room. I underwent surgery in the middle of the night at GHCH and received multiple blood transfusions. There was not a second to spare. I would not have survived a trip up the line to another facility.
Sixteen years ago, when living at Lake Quinault, one of my teenage daughters had to be rushed by Lake Quinault EMS to the GHCH emergency room after suffering multiple trauma in a car crash on the remote gravel road around the lake. It took almost an hour before help could even be summoned to the crash site because of lack of cell phone service at that location. My daughter was stabilized in the ER in Aberdeen and then airlifted to Harborview.
She, like me, went on to recover because of the lifesaving treatment received at GHCH.
You never know when you or your loved ones will need emergency medical care.
I believe that Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a blessing to the community.
Please vote yes for Public Hospital District No. 2.