Op-Ed: Support Our Hospital, Patients and Community – Go Vote

October 17, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6, our country will once again have the opportunity to select the next group of elected officials who will lead our country in Washington, D.C., our state capital and right here in our local communities.  I encourage you to take time on that date to exercise your right to vote and also join me in voting for leaders who support rural hospitals.

We at Clinch Valley Health know firsthand the direct link between success of a hospital and the support that it receives from elected officials. Regularly, our hospital engages with elected officials at all levels of government and across party lines to help demonstrate the work of the hospital and the importance of healthcare to our community. We believe it is important for us to come together as a community to champion the health issues that directly affect the well-being of our citizens.

In this spirit, the time is now to vote for leaders who will tackle the pressing healthcare challenges facing rural hospitals. These include inadequate funding and growing numbers of people in communities, like ours, who don’t have access to insurance. Support from our federal, state and local elected officials is essential for Clinch Valley Health to continue advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier® and you can help by heading to the polls.

You may be asking yourself, “where do I vote?” or, “am I registered to vote?” If you are unsure, please contact our local county election office. They can inform you of both where you should go to vote and also confirm if you are a registered voter.

As always, thank you for entrusting your health to Clinch Valley Health. It is our great privilege to serve you and your family, and we look forward to continuing to serve the health needs of our area long into the future.

Peter Mulkey, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Clinch Valley Health