Critical access hospitals like Summitt Pacific are like Urgent Care Clinics on steroids and not your typical local community hospital that provides emergency general surgeries, orthopedic or pediatric physician staffed services, including hospitalists. The Emergency Room patient is triaged and placed in either an ambulance for ground or air transport which delays the surgery, extends the patient’s discomfort or risk for greater harm, separates the family from their loved ones, and adds tremendous costs to the patient for the transport. This is what distinguishes them from fully staffed acute care hospitals with experienced inpatient care. Critical access hospitals provide a tremendous benefit to rural communities but not the full acute care inpatient hospital services.
Let’s be honest, our government dollars on healthcare are out of control. Expanding the outpatient clinics and services at a critical access hospital that pulls federal, state, and local healthcare dollars away from the local community hospitals just up the road is wasteful.
Community support of the Grays Harbor Health Care System is vital to all residents for sustainability and growth. Let’s learn to create a healthier, more collaborative, and engaged community by working together and not against each other. Grays Harbor County residents deserve better from our county, city, and hospital district leaders. We’re in this together!