Dear Editor:

Ive said it before, and Ill say it again. How can the IHA take away our Dialysis Unit. Before dissolving this service, should a resolution to the staffing problem not have been the first step? Of course the number of patients in our community requiring this service has diminished. Some have been forced to leave their homes, others are forced to administer their own treatment, or travel long distances three times a week to receive treatment. If they take away this service now, what other services will be in jeopardy in the future? It surely is a concern for the aging population in this community. As a resident of this valley for the past 13 years, I know Im having second thoughts about spending my golden years here. The IHA needs to understand that this service is not only in place for the locals, but also for the outlying communities and our visitors to the valley. It seems to me there is only one solution to this problem put a consistent quality of care back in the hospital for our renal patients. We have the equipment, now put in place the necessary staff.

Judy Miller