Letter to the editor

We cannot let Bristol control hospice care | Letter

Bristol Hospice has discovered the soft underbelly of perhaps one of the most community-supported organizations in America: hospice.

This stock-driven, shareholder and profit-driven corporation wants to make hospice a profit center for itself. It has already gobbled up dozens of these associations so that the communities that formed them no longer have control over the services and costs they are providing. This is a sad commentary of corporate America that I think would buy up all the air we breathe and sell it back to us if they could make a profit.

There was a great editorial in the Sounder’s Nov. 4 issue (https://www.islandssounder.com/opinion/keep-hospice-of-the-northwest-locally-owned-editorial/ and https://www.islandssounder.com/news/hospice-northwest-could-be-sold-to-private-equity-firm/) and other subsequent articles by the wonderful hospice professionals and volunteers that have pointed out the deficiencies of this corporate greed.

The decision for this usurpation of a community jewel rest with the council and commissions of Whatcom and Skagit County, who also govern the hospice services to San Juan County. Call 1-360-814-5550 to find out more about what you can do.

I hope these articles have alerted our council members to the terrible assault on this community’s supported institution and they will act accordingly.

Walter Corbin