Taos lucky to have Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Carl Gil­more Lower Cordillera, Taos

We are soooo blessed to have our hos­pi­tal.

My name is Carl Gil­more and I’ve lived in Taos 41 years. For most of those years, I have been in­volved in am­bu­lance ser­vice and emer­gency medicine or search and res­cue ac­tiv­i­ties. I was the first direc­tor of the Taos County Emer­gency Ser­vices depart­ment, which has re­ceived nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades over the years. My late wife was a very ac­tive mid­wife in this com­mu­nity.

I’m writ­ing to give my strong sup­port and ex­pe­ri­enced per­spec­tive for our dear Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal and ev­ery­one work­ing and vol­un­teer­ing there. I have spent decades de­liv­er­ing pa­tients there and ob­serv­ing the care de­liv­ered.

I have also had five sta­teof-the-art ortho­pe­dic surg­eries there. (Trust me, my fam­ily un­der­stands ortho­pe­dic medicine.) I have re­ceived con­sid­er­able phys­i­cal ther­apy there, had many labs drawn. I know the ra­di­a­tion depart­ment as well as my house, and I’ve spent count­less nights as pa­tient or ad­vo­cate in rooms on the floor. I re­ceived ex­cel­lent com­pas­sion­ate man­age­ment there for a trau­matic brain in­jury (con­cus­sion) two years ago and most re­cently got a life­sav­ing di­ag­no­sis for can­cer. Through my pro­fes­sional and business ac­tiv­i­ties over the past 30 years I have a con­sid­er­able knowl­edge of medicine through­out New Mex­ico and other states.

While un­der­stand­ing that no in­sti­tu­tion is per­fect and im­prove­ment must be a goal, one thing is im­por­tant to un­der­stand about our hos­pi­tal and the med­i­cal care we have in Taos. It is very un­usual in our coun­try for as small a com­mu­nity as ours to have the breadth and depth of med­i­cal care we en­joy. I mean re­ally rare, prac­ti­cally non-ex­is­tent.

Com­pare the size of our com­mu­nity with others in this coun­try. Ex­am­ine the breadth of spe­cial­ties, the qual­ity of our providers and tech­ni­cians. Un­der­stand that, with­out Holy Cross to sup­port them, that net­work couldn’t ex­ist. It is my un­der­stand­ing that our neigh­bor Es­pañola sup­ports their hos­pi­tal (which is a part of the largest hos­pi­tal chain in New Mex­ico) with 4 mills tax on their larger econ­omy. We sup­port Holy Cross with only 1 mill. We frankly must to do more fi­nan­cially.

Small hos­pi­tals around the coun­try are clos­ing. The dif­fi­cul­ties of keep­ing one afloat are in­cred­i­bly daunt­ing. With re­spect to ev­ery­one in­volved in health­care in Taos and to our elected lead­ers, I make one plea. Re­mem­ber that we want and need Holy Cross to con­tinue to serve us. We want as much of our med­i­cal care de­liv­ered here, in our com­mu­nity, as pos­si­ble.

We all live in Taos be­cause we love it for all its quirks. We must join to­gether and fo­cus that love on Holy Cross and our med­i­cal com­mu­nity. Let our crit­i­cisms be con­struc­tive, our en­ergy pos­i­tive and our hearts be filled with re­spect and love for each other as we con­tinue to ac­com­plish that. Thank you. CARL GIL­MORE,

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