Here are Letters to the Editor for June 7, 2019…
Help wanted – A plea from Long-term care resident
Is there anyone in or around Chewelah that can help me with my everyday living?
I am a 103-year old female. I have lived in Chewelah for 60 years. I no longer have my home, car or many belongings. The wheelchair I use is a loaner.
If anyone can help me stay in Chewelah, please contact me at Providence Long Term Care. I do not have a phone, but I do have 25 friends that will also soon be homeless. They would like to come with me.
Board chair addresses Long-term care closure
I have lived in Stevens County for 45 years and have been involved in health issues since 1979. In the 1980s, I was the chair of the health system review committee that held a public hearing to determine if Chewelah needed the long term care unit. Today, I am the chair of the Providence Health Care Community Ministry Board serving Spokane and Stevens Counties, and participated in a review of the decision by Providence to close the St. Joseph Hospital Long Term Care Unit.
The long term care unit opened in 1989 and has served the community for 30 years. The decision to close the unit was not made easily – Providence completed a thorough Mission-led discernment with input and discussions with many providers, leaders and community members. As part of its discernment – an involved and compassionate process Providence uses to help make difficult decisions – it carefully considered the emerging health care needs of all residents of Chewelah and the surrounding area.
I recently read the history of the Dominican Sisters who established St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah in 1930 – one of their first health ministries after coming to this country from Germany in 1925. In that history, a statement was made by a leader of the Sisters: “Our greatest challenge – yet – is to continue our search and be willing to let go of those things that keep us from being free to serve…the needs of all people in our time.”
Here we are, 30 years later, continually striving to find the best ways to serve the community with a commitment to help the poor and vulnerable and honor the missions of the Dominican and Providence Sisters to serve where the need is greatest and focus on new needs as they emerge.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but what I do know is that the dedicated leaders and people of Providence will continue to serve the community members in Stevens and Spokane Counties.
Mary C. Selecky