To the editor:
As a McDuffie County resident and taxpayer, I am very concerned about the possible sale of OUR McDuffie County hospital by the hospital authority. There are many questions about this sale that need to be answered, since all of the information has been kept secret and never made public.
I have several questions.
How can the hospital authority, composed of nine people who are self-appointed, decide to sell or give away our hospital with no input from McDuffie County residents and taxpayers?
Bill DoupÃ©, the hospital authority chairman, was quoted in The McDuffie Progress as saying this issue is "not so much an economic issue but a safety issue." When did our hospital become unsafe to him? For a year the hospital has been an economic issue and not it is a safety issue. Is Mr. DoupÃ© trying to scare McDuffie County residents so they will see the situation his way? How could the hospital authority allow the facility to deteriorate for years and not take steps to repair it before it became a safety hazard?
How will giving our hospital to University affect the 200-250 employees at our hospital? Many have devoted themselves to their job for all of their working years and will now be unemployed.
If our hospital is closed and University moves it to the facility behind Love's Truck Stop, what happens to the businesses near our hospital?
OUR hospital was built and paid for by McDuffie County taxpayers and every person in McDuffie County is entitled to answers before this authority decides to give our hospital away. We are awaiting information and answers.
Nora McMannon, Thomson