Keep Hospice of the Northwest locally owned and operated!

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Gene Helfman
Dec 19, 2020
We have excellent service. Why would we want to lessen that?

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Cheryl Thomas
Dec 18, 2020
I believe this service needs to be a locally owned and run business!!

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Fiona Jackson
Dec 17, 2020
Hospice Northwest was there for my mother’s last week of life. They are an amazing nonprofit group. It works as they are, do not sell to a for profit company.

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Elizabeth Landrum
Dec 15, 2020
As a long-time volunteer with various Hospice organizations, I have seen the quality of care diminish after sales to a for-profit organization. As a psychologist and volunteer associated with Hospice Northwest, I fear for this exemplary organization to change in the same directions.
Quality, compassionate service is essential to individuals facing the end of life and their families.

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Pamela Howard
Dec 14, 2020
As a former Hospice volunteer and consumer, I think selling is an atrocious idea.
There is no way the current level of care could be maintained under a for-profit model.

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B H
Dec 14, 2020
Keep for-profit out of Hospice!

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Anna Hosick-Kalahan
Dec 14, 2020
Profit-making should have no place in the provision of end-of-life and hospice services. Keeping Hospice Northwest as a community-run agency will mean Skagit County residents will continue to feel invested and locally allied to the very important work that is done on behalf of our neighbors.

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William Blevins
Dec 13, 2020
Help prevent Skagit Regional Health, current owner of non-profit Hospice of the Northwest, from selling out to private equity firm Webster Equity Partners. Who is Webster Equity Partners? Well what they do, as they describe on their website, and I quote “ We partner with our portfolio companies to create long-term value through sustainable healthcare service focused business models which strive to deliver top quartile returns for our investors.” So, the focus will not really be on improving service, quite the contrary, it will be finding efficiencies to improve profits for investors. So don’t believe for one second that selling to Webster Equity Partners will improve or be good for Hospice of The Northwest or the community as a whole! Don’t let Skagit Regional Health Commissioners break what is provably the most professionally run and successful health care organization serving our communities!

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Sharon Emerson
Dec 5, 2020
As a retired nurse and the former owner of Island Home Nursing, a Home Care agency that served Whidbey for 30 years, I hope that Hospice of the Northwest is not sold to a for-profit company. I have been a close observer of the changes in health care over the last few decades and it is demonstrably clear that, whatever promises are made, the incentives of a for profit corporation are always detrimental to health care delivery in the long run. Please don't do it. If you want to add services either do it yourselves or join up with another non-profit.

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Elaine Shiozawa
Dec 3, 2020
My sisters and I so appreciated the services and support offered by Hospice of the Northwest to our mother during the last months of her life. Every member of the team was stellar -- the RN, health care aide, social worker, spiritual counselor, volunteers and medical equipment provider -- as well as the folks who provided assistance over the phone. They were knowledgeable, compassionate and helpful. It's commendable that HNW has recruited and retained staff who live in San Juan County to care for patients who live in San Juan County.