LETTER: VCC management, community must be open with each other

I am surprised that there has been no reaction to the commentary by Jose Brito, the administrator of Vashon Community Care (“Amid changes, VCC’s mission stays the same, April 4).

It is the only facility of this kind on Vashon, and all of us who have worked so long and hard with Vashon Community Care being managed successfully by Providence should continue that support. In particular, this is true for those residents on Medicaid. Regardless of how we got to where we are, with Transforming Age now the owner and manager of Vashon Community Care, when there is only one place for the members of our aging population to go for long-term care, we must use it. And if TA had not stepped up, we would not have VCC.

However, this support can only come with the enthusiastic participation of the management of VCC itself. Jose’s commentary promised that the community would be asked to provide financial support for operations and later for capital improvements. It is also necessary for the community to reach out to VCC. It is like a neighbor moving in and the new friends bringing brownies to welcome the newcomers.

I have over 15 years invested in VCC, first as the responsible family member of a resident, then a board member, an officer of the board and as the pro tem financial administrator, as well as a founding member of the VCC Foundation. I have a deep interest in the continuing presence of VCC as truly a Vashon community facility. However, unless and until the management and the community are open with each other, it is difficult to do more than ask that this process begin. My community contacts are asking me what is happening, and I have no answer. Thus this letter, which I am confident will generate some public response.

— Joe Wubbold

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