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The Hospital District that won’t die

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Oct 25, 2011

The Sequoia Hospital District (a.k.a. Sequoia Healthcare District) built, owned and operated Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City until it was sold in 1996. The District is now engaged in frantic activities to justify it's continued existence.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

"The Hospital district that won't die" was published as an OpEd in the San Mateo Daily Journal. Here is an OpEd in rebuttal from Kim Griffin, President of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors on which I serve. Web Link: Fact vs. fiction&eddate=10/29/2011 03:48:00

Here is my LTE in response to Kim Griffin:

Editor, Kim Griffin, President of the Sequoia Healthcare District on which I serve, makes outrageous assertions in her OpEd (Fact vs. fiction). Here are a few examples:

Kim says "Clearly, Mr. Hickey would like to see the district dissolved and he intentionally fails to mention that in this case taxes continue to be collected and go toward the general tax fund where our district residents derive no direct benefit." That's a lie! My OpEd said; "The Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved, with tax revenue dispersed among the public entities within the district boundaries." And, I ask, do residents derive benefits from the 9 nurses trained with District tax dollars who were employed in Palm Springs?

Kim says, "...he chides the board for our use of public relations or "branding" while forgetting the board was mandated by the civil grand jury to provide adequate information to the public regarding district programs." David Rosner, a member of that Grand Jury stated at the Dec. 4, 2002 District Board meeting that " was not the intent of the Grand Jury that the District should engage in a campaign of this scope."

Finally, Kim says, "The grand jury investigation was initiated by Mr. Hickey to advance his political dogma and eliminate the board." Fact: the Sequoia Healthcare District was not on my radar screen until the media (Daily News - July 19, 2002) publicized the Grand Jury report and suggested that "This would be a perfect opportunity for county Libertarian Party leader Jack Hickey to get some of his people elected to office."
Since then I have been elected to the Board 3 times to carry out the Grand Jury's directive!

Jack Hickey, Member, Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Hey Jack Hickey--were you ever able to get hold of the S.H. District's financials?
I remember that last year you were having a lot of trouble getting access to the books--
Thank you Jack for paying attention when so few others ever do.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

Louise, I receive monthly e-mails with check register and cashflow files in eXCel format. See: Web Link for the last four months.
I can get invoices upon request, but those requests must go through Kim Griffin. Staff has been instructed not to respond to my requests for financial information.

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Posted by At bat
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

So, the funding for school kids health is not important, what kind of nut is this? Does he even understand the schools would never have money to do this. Instead of standing on the sidelines, he should thank the health district.

One of common sene, may also think heart safe was a god idea. Has it saved lives? Yes....put a price on that.