III - HEALTH CARE ISSUES
A. Early Years (1975-1995) - See below.
B. Mid Years (1996-2004)
Hospital Emergency Room - 2004
We noticed continuing poor service and performance in our hospital's ER over the years. We documented over 125 instances of serious problems in the ER. We publicized the problems. In response, LRMC brought in a new CEO of the hospital, a new director of the ER, dedicated more resources and staff to the ER, hired more nurses, established better training programs, and brought in three Villagers to sit on the Board of the hospital's parent organization.
Health Care - Moffitt Cancer Center - 2004
We advocated bringing this cancer center to The Villages for what we believed would be one of the crown jewels in the medical facilities of The Villages. We organized a letter-writing program, researched the demographics, argued for bringing the center here, and voiced our hopes to the appropriate decision-makers.
C. Current Years (2005-2015)
- The POA lead the opposition to the 2005 proposed Sumter County Hospital Tax which would have taxed Sumter County residents $200 - $300 per home for use by our hospital and would also give 20% of the tax off the top to the developer's foundation. It was defeated.
- The POA assisted in bringing to light care issues at the hospital which resulted in LRMC hiring a new CEO, new ER Director, dedicating more staff and resources to the ER, and bringing three Villagers to sit on the TVRH Board.