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Hospital bus service

I recently drove my mother to the new outpatient diagnostic center at the local hospital. It’s beautiful, has friendly helpful staff, plenty of parking, but no bus service.

The next day, I discovered a friend who had walked all the way from the main entrance to the diagnostic center. She has Parkinson’s Disease, has had a stroke and uses a cane for assistance. I learned from her and from the receptionist that the local bus service stops in front of the main hospital entrance but will not deliver patients to the outpatient center.

Persons who are ill and/or disabled must find their way through the main hospital, through the former outpatient center, a small parking area, a long driveway and a larger parking lot in order to get to the diagnostic center.

My 87-year-old mother would never had made it on her own. My friend barely made it.

The receptionist told me that the hospital administration requested bus service but was denied. This is a disgrace to the community. I tried to imagine what it must be like during the winter for persons who are ill or physically handicapped. Either the hospital should provide safe transport or the bus service should provide transport. That’s their business, after all.

Velva Harris

Nevada City

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