The Petaluma Health Care District is at a crossroads. Its 20-year contract with St. Joseph Health to manage Petaluma Valley Hospital will expire in 2017, which means the district must soon to decide what to do next. It could choose to renew the contract with St. Joseph Health, select a new medical provider to run the hospital or take over operations at the facility itself. A slight majority of Petaluma Pulse respondents thinks the best option is for the Petaluma Health Care District to renew its contract with St. Joseph Health.
Here were some of the comments:
“I feel St Joseph’s has done a lot to contribute to our community and make the hospital a valuable asset for the benefit of our city.”
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“If the hospital isn’t broken, then why would you try and fix it?”
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“Let Kaiser Permanente run it.”
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“My family goes to Kaiser and I do not yet understand potential fiscal or other ramifications of the different options.”
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“Put the whole contract out to competitive bid, and see what turns up.”
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“Sell the hospital and return the money to taxpayers.”
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“I would support anything that will bring the costs down. Petaluma Valley Hospital is so much more expensive than the other hospitals in the area, including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.”