Downieville and Sierra City need timely medical care |

Downieville and Sierra City need timely medical care

Sierra City Fire Chief Brian Davey is absolutely correct in his remarks about Western Sierra Medical Clinic.

The issue is about a very serious community need — timely medical care in Downieville, Sierra City, and environs, and that has to come before business considerations; emergencies don’t wait. Our family has used the clinic twice in the last three years: my 89-year-old mother was having serious difficulty breathing at the Sierra City elevation and needed very timely treatment, which the clinic provided. I had a bad case of food poisoning, dehydration and nausea that would not stop, and again the clinic provided very necessary medication and care.

The care at the clinic needs to remain at the same levels; cutting back endangers the community as well as the vacationing population. WSMC can’t serve the community’s medical needs long-distance. This is about necessary medical care, not about profit. Putting profit first is obscene and inhumane.

Judith Kirk

Redwood City

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