• Petitioned Easter Seals Oregon and Providence Health Systems

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Easter Seals Oregon and Providence Health Systems

Providence: Please don't close the only warm water therapy pool in the Portland area!

    1. Petition by

      A Smith

      Portland, OR

This resource is crucial to many in the community. It serves elderly and children, people with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, post-surgical patients, individuals with autism, and more. In this pool, spastic bodies have unfurled, and people are kept walking, moving, and out of pain. There are many stories of near-miraculous nature that have come out of this place, and many more still to be created there with the help of the physical therapy staff. It was donated only twenty years ago, and will be a waste of resources to close. Surely there is another option besides removing this important facility that fits better with your stated mission of Service, Love, Compassion, and Respect. The funds and the community will are there. Please don't close the door on the people who need this place!

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    1. Rally on Saturday August 4th!

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      Saturday, Aug. 4th at 1:30 pm, Glisan Ave @ 45th.
      Show your support for the Providence Pool!held on the sidewalk of Glisan ave at about 45th ave.
      Bring your signs, spirit and become the change you want to see in the world!
      Contact organizer through Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/SaveProvidenceTherapyPool

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. More visibility to our voices-

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      Like and Share the new Facebook Page!

    4. Radio Interview with Noah Dundas, Pool User and Activist

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      He speaks to the issues, and how the closure could impact his life.

    5. The Oregonian Reports on the Pool Closure Issue

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      Update on the potential closure of Providences therapy pool. I have attached an article that hints at the real issue here- the cutbacks in Medicare lead to cuts everywhere, but this cut will cost far more than it saves. People who longer can be mobile will have increased need of in home or institutional services. Lets be clear-there are no therapy pools anywhere in Portland that have warm water and disabled access aside from this facility. This issue cuts right to heart of everything that is happening in this country right now - it simply doesn't work to balance the budget on the backs of those who can least afford it. Please help us keep this pool open in anyway that you may be able.the article has links to the petition, but we also encourage you to write your representatives, media.. and get them involved, together we can make change!I

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. More info on the pool

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      A few details

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Find emails to contact elected officials here:

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      The more response, the better!

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. This is what we stand to lose.

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      If you don't know what this pool does,here's a little intro.

    12. Paper letters to the decision makers are effective!

      A Smith
      by A Smith
      Petition organiser

      Send your support letters and personal stories to:

      Mr. Dave Underriner
      Chief Executive Officer, Delivery Systems
      POP Building
      4400 NE Halsey St
      Portland, Oregon 97213

      Mr. James Arp
      Chief Operating Officer
      PPMC Epic Executive Sponsor
      Providence Portland Medical Center
      4805 NE Glisan St
      Portland, Oregon 97213

      Mr. Theron Park
      Chief Executive Officer
      Providence Portland Medical center
      4805 NE Glisan St
      Portland, Oregon 97213

    13. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • My Nguyen PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      I just learn about the pool. Don't want to go away

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    • Holly Hart PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      None of us can know when we or someone we know may need the therapy that such a pool makes possible. This is a community resource that every community should have. The most economical thing to do is to maintain such an existing resource instead of creating a situation where there will be delays, uncertainty and greater expense before the resource can be recreated.

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    • Kimberlynn Heller PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      When I was pregnant, I used this pool for the prenatal water aerobics class. Before I used the pool myself, I was sending my pregnant patients there. After the birth of my child, I have encouraged even more patients to go. The water gives a mental and physical reprieve for an hour each week. This means the world in pregnancy. Also, as a woman of color, the benefit of staying fit decreased my 5X increased risk of morbidity and mortality in labor. This is a resource, that as a physician, I did not have for my patients in residency. PLEASE DO NOT take this away.

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    • Sharon Murphy PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      This pool is in our neighborhood and used by many patients. Please don't close it. Thank you.

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    • Laureen Donald PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a former aquatics professional I know the benefits of aqua exercise for maintaining health and for rehabilitation. The accessibility of the Providence pool and the (therapeutic) warm water exceed the offerings of other local pools cited as part of their reason for closing. This asset should not be lost. Please reconsider.

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