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Letter to the Editor: HOSPITAL DISTRICT’S “SINKING FORTUNES”

Editor, Times-Advocate:

Re: “Candidate Grove wants to provide access to safe, quality health care

The Palomar Hospital District has severe financial issues and the community may soon see their tax bills go up to fill in the opening gaps. The board is led by Dr. Engel who has severe conflicts of interest along with “private partners” and is personally benefiting from his position. 

The huge increases for the CEO’s compensation are not justified and inappropriate given the sinking fortunes of the District. Recordings of meetings are immediately erased to eliminate [embarrassing?] records. 

A majority of the Board can invent reasons to throw off dissident Board members who foresee the problems when the net worth of the district has shrink by 20% for two years in a row. Fiscally sensitive board members led by Kumara and Clark are questioning the bad financial status and a bare majority led by Engel and Greer vote to reward bad policies and finance.

Getting these factions together is folly. This feud is on hard drawn lines – survival of the District or turning it over to insiders. 

MICHAEL HUNSAKER, Escondido

One response to “Letter to the Editor: HOSPITAL DISTRICT’S “SINKING FORTUNES””

  1. Kirk Effinger says:

    Mr. Hunsaker’s hysterical rants regarding Palomar Healthcare District belie the fact that the district has enjoyed a remarkable financial turnaround that began with the tenure of current CEO Diane Hansen and remains in a stable financial position despite the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. His suggestion that your taxes will go up to make up for imaginary shortfalls is a fiction, if for no other reason than the fact that state law precludes it without a vote of taxpayers. The district has made great strides in identifying and implementing streams of revenue to support delivery of nationally recognized top-quality healthcare to area patients. As testimony to these facts, Palomar Health Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting the district through philanthropy, has enjoyed a significant increase in donations from a grateful community that has recognized the district is on sound financial footing and continues to advance quality healthcare in the region.

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