LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

Sup­port­ing Mahida For Hos­pi­tal Board

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor, Grate­ful! That’s how I felt when I dis­cov­ered Dr. Chet Mahida chose to run for the Oak Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Board of Di­rec­tors.

Few know the chal­lenges of a pri­mary care med­i­cal prac­tice with thou­sands of pa­tients and for the length of time, as he is now treat­ing sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­i­lies. Dr. Mahida has that ex­pe­ri­ence and con­nec­tion to OVHD and our home­town.

Dr. Chet Mahida has served in var­i­ous po­si­tions within our hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing Chief of Staff and sub-com­mit­tees. With his elec­tion, we ea­gerly await his much needed guid­ance for our com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal by serv­ing as a vot­ing mem­ber of the Dis­trict Board.

In ad­di­tion to his busy med­i­cal prac­tice, Dr. Mahida gen­er­ously of­fers his time to Oak­dale High School sports teams. He and his fam­ily have been ac­tive in nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that ben­e­fit our en­tire com­mu­nity. He is a gen­er­ous, fair and com­pas­sion­ate man.

Com­pas­sion­ate – a very im­por­tant com­po­nent to a suc­cess­ful hos­pi­tal, es­pe­cially as the only hos­pi­tal serv­ing a wide area and di­verse pop­u­la­tion. While the ‘lat­est and best’ med­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment is al­ways viewed as nec­es­sary, pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care with­out pro­vid­ing com­pas­sion is sim­ply not ful­fill­ing the oath to ‘heal.’

Medicine has be­come like most any other busi­ness with the bot­tom line be­ing closely mon­i­tored. While OVHD shows a pos­i­tive fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, how much of that is achieved with hir­ing pri­mar­ily part-time em­ploy­ees who work 29hrs/week max, thus do not qual­ify for health ben­e­fits? As hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees, they can­not get health ben­e­fits through the hos­pi­tal! Salaries need a new and up­dated re­vi­sion. Dr. Mahida will look out for the em­ploy­ees he has worked with for so long and rec­og­nizes long needed changes.

Hope­ful – Elect­ing Dr. Chet Mahida to the OVHD BOD will bring a fresh per­spec­tive, backed by his ex­pe­ri­ence, wis­dom and strong con­nec­tions to Oak­dale. His busi­ness sense and de­sire to look out for the in­ter­est of ev­ery­one; pa­tients and staff will be a wel­comed ad­di­tion. He ac­knowl­edges the value of hos­pi­tal staff and the im­por­tance of re­tain­ing staff.

It is time for a new elected OVHD Di­rec­tor and that per­son is Dr. Chai­tanya (Chet) Mahida. Oak­dale is Dr. Mahida’s cur­rent home­town for the past sev­eral decades. He has been af­fil­i­ated with Oak Val­ley Hos­pi­tal the en­tire time. He cares about the hos­pi­tal growth, while as­sur­ing pa­tients and em­ploy­ees thrive. Our hos­pi­tal needs Dr. Mahida as a vot­ing mem­ber on the hos­pi­tal’s BOD. His voice should be heard and his vote should be counted. It’s time for this change.

Please join me in Novem­ber by vot­ing for Dr. Chet Mahida for Oak Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Board of Di­rec­tors. Sin­cerely, Karen O’Ban­non

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