Hospital Contract Is Amended

Posted November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am by

The ER entrance at PIMC - Tim Dustrude photo

The ER entrance at PIMC — Tim Dus­trude photo

An agree­ment nego­ti­at­ed a few weeks ago by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Peace­Health Peace Island Hos­pi­tal and the Pub­lic Health Dis­trict on San Juan to reduce the annu­al sub­sidy paid to the hos­pi­tal by the dis­trict by $50,000 was approved last Wednes­day evening by a vote of 3–2.

The agree­ment amends the con­tract between the dis­trict and the hos­pi­tal. It has already been approved by the hospital.

It makes $50,000 avail­able annu­al­ly to the dis­trict to pay for health ser­vices need­ed or want­ed by the com­mu­ni­ty but not pro­vid­ed by Peace Island. The mon­ey will be avail­able to the dis­trict begin­ning in 2017 and at that time the dis­trict will hold dis­cus­sions and decide the specifics of what ser­vices to offer and with what enti­ty to con­tract to pro­vide them.

The hos­pi­tal does not pro­vide repro­duc­tive health or death-with-dig­ni­ty services.

The amount of the agree­ment is sub­ject to review in future years and may be revised by the two parties.

By Louise Dustrude

» Edi­tor’s Note: A press release about this agree­ment sent in late Octo­ber read in part:  “This amend­ment was gen­er­at­ed by Peace­Health lead­ers and hos­pi­tal dis­trict board rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the spir­it of col­lab­o­ra­tion and with the joint recog­ni­tion that there may be ser­vices that the com­mu­ni­ty requests that are out­side of the scope of Peace­Health Peace Island.  Reduc­ing the sub­sidy allows the dis­trict dis­cre­tionary funds with­out com­pro­mis­ing PeaceHealth’s abil­i­ty to con­tin­ue its ser­vice delivery.”

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  1. I love it when democ­ra­cy works.

    Comment by TeriLyn Brown on November 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm
  2. this is a fab­u­lous res­o­lu­tion to the upsets by much of the com­mu­ni­ty where con­flict in prin­ci­ple did not allow ser­vices need­ed to be pro­vid­ed by Peace Health. Now we can all hope­ful­ly enjoy the great ben­e­fit Peach Health pro­vides to the com­mu­ni­ty, while know­ing those impor­tant ser­vices for com­plete health care choic­es will be avail­able as well on island

    Comment by pam fry on December 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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