We all need to support health care on Vashon

I am convinced that the formation of a public hospital district is the best way forward.

It has been my privilege to have been a founder, supporter and an advocate for island health care since Dorothy Johnson and I founded the Vashon Health Center in the 1960s. Certainly, times have changed since then; the Vashon Health Center has gone through many changes, the island has changed, and the costs of providing medical care have changed.

Something that hasn’t changed though, is the need for our island to provide medical care for the community in which we live. This island is a precious place, and the people who live here are fortunate to have a history of caring and providing not just for ourselves, but for the well-being of our friends, neighbors and guests. Dorothy and I recognized the necessity of health care for our community over 50 years ago. That need has not changed, nor has it disappeared.

We all need to support the provision of health care for Vashon. I urge my fellow citizens, both the friends that I know and those I have not yet met, to support the formation of a public hospital district. I am convinced that it is the best way to continue the fine tradition of Vashon Island health care on a sustainable basis.

— Opal Montague

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