Letter to the editor: Grateful for hospital

To the editor:

During its 98 years, LMH Health has seen many changes and challenges. Our not-for-profit hospital has entered the most volatile period ever in the health care industry. Change and challenge are the norm.

The LMH Health Board of Trustees takes its oversight role seriously. As a trustee, I believe my most important responsibility is to ensure the long-term viability of one of our community’s greatest assets.

I want LMH Health to remain financially strong enough to continue providing care for all, regardless of ability to pay, and to continue to care for the thousands who come to the emergency department each year in the midst of a mental health crisis.

The number of services provided by our hospital that don’t make money is staggering. I’m so grateful the hospital is a safety net for the vulnerable. I’m grateful the hospital is strong enough to take care of those in need.

Yes, adjustments have been made to some employee benefits — some enhancing compensation and some reducing benefits. Not one change was made without great thought and research. All were made in light of market demands and standards, to attract and retain the best employees. No change was made lightly, nor from “greed.”

We are fortunate to have talented and compassionate people serving the medical needs of Douglas County and fortunate to have proactive, visionary leadership willing to address challenges before they reach a critical stage.

Above all, we’re fortunate to be in a community that is passionate about its hospital.

Joanne Hurst,



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