Viewpoint - November 3, 2010

Letter: Sequoia funds support health-care providers

To decide which candidates are best suited to serve on Sequoia Healthcare District's board, voters need to be made aware of the scope and impact of its community benefits program. The Almanac's Oct. 19 article didn't even scratch the surface in describing what Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) is actually doing with the property tax revenues it receives.

The board of the SHD has long recognized the importance of supporting community partnerships that reduce the burden on hospitals by preventing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Ravenswood Family Health Center and other safety-net providers have received major support for the primary care medical services we provide to uninsured, low-income residents within the district.

In addition to the district's commitment to nonprofit health-care organizations and services, the district has been responsible for launching strategic health-care initiatives in education and workforce development at the local level. In August SHD announced the "Healthy Schools Initiative" that will significantly expand professional health resources in four San Mateo County school districts. Other major initiatives include partnerships with nursing programs at Canada College and San Francisco State, and a grant of $650,000 to build a state-of-the-art nursing skills lab at Canada.

As a major news source serving residents in the Sequoia Healthcare District, we urge you to encourage your readers to pay attention to all that is at stake in the upcoming election in choosing the district's board members. To make an informed decision, voters should visit Sequoia Healthcare District's website and review the district's community benefit grants, major initiatives and district programs.

Luisa Buada, Chief Executive Officer, Ravenswood Family Health Center


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