Letters to the Editor

I served in the military from June 1969 to Nov. 1980 including 19 months in Vietnam.

After college I worked as the Purchasing Agent/Accounts Payable for Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center and Eastern Oregon Training Center (the old Eastern Oregon State Hospital - DHS) from July 1989 to July 1996.

The essence of the medical "Golden Hour" was proven time and time again in Vietnam with a survival rate of 92%. When discussing 'justification' for the need of a hospital there are three key statistics pertaining to access to acute medical care within the 'Golden Hour.'

  • Are there communities in Columbia County that serve more than 50,000 people each?
  • Are there large employers with more than 100 employees?
  • Is there access to acute medical care available within the 'Golden Hour'?

Good Sam Legacy - Providence - PDX Metro (St Helens - Scappoose - Columbia City)

St Johns, Longview (Rainier - Clatskanie)

OHSU Medical, Hillsboro (Vernonia)

VA Medical Vancouver - Portland - Beaverton (for veterans)

My old bosses at Salem will never approve a hospital as long as we are within the 'Golden Hour.' The local people were already cheated out of tax money with the dream of a local hospital, let's not go down that path unless we can prove the three key statistics.

Joseph Turner

SGT US Army (disabled)

Columbia City

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