BY LINDA SUTTER
During Tuesdays, May 15th BOS meeting, after presentations by Dr. Greg Duncan and Dr. Kevin Caldwell regarding the regionalization issue facing the County, tears flowed from Supervisor McClure. Both doctors expressed their dissatisfaction from the lack of communication they had received from Supervisor McClure regarding the Study that was being conducted by Sutter Health Affilliates and keeping the Doctor’s out of the loop.
Supervisor McClure expressed she had been diligently working on this matter for months and knew as well as understood the in’s and out’s regarding the regionalization situation facing the county. Ms. McClure’s intentions were good, but due to her lack of communication between the parties, a sense of trust was lost. Both Doctors requested that she no longer continue on the board in connection to this study and emphasized that Sutter Health was not our friend and not to be trusted. Ms. McClure did try to win the doctor’s over by reading the letters she had received by email and exposing everything that had been occurring between her and Sutter Health, but it did not gain the confidence from the Doctors.
At the end of the agenda item, Ms. McClure voluntarily stepped down from the Sutter Coast Hospital issue and the matter would be discussed at a future Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
Supervisors Hemmingsen, Sullivan and Finnigan expressed and recognized appreciation for the hours Ms. McClure had spent with due diligence to the issue at hand. Supervisor McClure does practice due diligence and has a sharp mind, it is unfortunate that something could not have been worked out to benefit everyone involved.