A place anyone can serve

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On that day we remember and celebrate not only a great man, but a great American. To use one of his many quotes; “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

I must confess, I had thought that we, as a country, as Americans had finally begun moving beyond the narrow-mindedness and intolerance of the country of my youth. Unfortunately it seems we still have a ways to go. That said, what I would like to believe is that as a community we are moving away from prejudice and are moving towards inclusiveness. That is, insuring Hillsboro is an affordable and family friendly place for anyone and everyone to live.

I want Hillsboro to be a place where “anybody can serve… you only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” I call on everyone in Hillsboro, in the spirit of Dr. King to embrace tolerance, love and acceptance. Only through these can we truly make Hillsboro great.

Heroes

I would like to take some time to recognize some of the unsung heroes that have been serving this community through some very challenging circumstances. I know that most of you are aware that our hospital has been in the news lately. There has been concern and uncertainty about our hospital expressed to me throughout our community. Yes, it’s been a trying time for many, but probably none more so than the leaders and staff that are working every day to provide this community with quality healthcare. I want to publicly recognize them all and thank them for their unselfish service to us. Most of us, I would wager, would not continue to work for our present employers if we operated in similar circumstances.

Thanks cannot come close to expressing my admiration and gratefulness. To all those that work at our hospital, you are my heroes and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Update

Working together with the Bank of Hays, the District Court approved a motion to appoint a receiver to run the Hospital to insure that it continues to operate and maintains its value. Cohesive Healthcare Management + Consulting, LLC will be managing the hospital going forward. As you continue to follow the story as it is being reported by our local and regional news outlets, I just wanted you to hear from me directly that it is the City’s ongoing desire to undertake reasonable steps to assist in keeping the Hospital open during the Bank’s foreclosure lawsuit, and securing the appointment of an outside, disinterested receiver to operate and manage the Hospital on an interim basis is a critical step in this regard. The City is pleased Cohesive was ready, willing, and able to step-in to assist the Hospital with this challenge, and the City looks forward to a healthy working relationship with Cohesive going forward.

We realize that access to healthcare in the community is important. The City will do what it reasonably can, while continuing to be good stewards of city finances and resources, to cooperate in attempting to keep our hospital operating.

While having a receiver in place is important, there will still be trying days ahead as we work through this situation. Winston Churchill probably said it best after Britain’s first major victory over the Nazi’s in WWII; “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Please join with me in continuing to support our hospital and their staff as we work through this process.