Still, if you're in the Kingston area, it can't hurt to make your voice heard:
The first of two public forums focusing on the future of health care in the region as consideration is being given to closing one hospital in Kingston will be held tonight.A second meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday at Cahill Elementary in Saugerties for those on the north end of the Kingston area.
The session will be at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Broadway. The Freeman will livestream the event on its website at dailyfreemanonline.com.
“I am pleased that we are going ahead with plans to facilitate public discussion regarding the future of health care in our region,” state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, who will host both of the forums, said in a news release. “As a constituent consumer myself, I know firsthand how important it is to keep our communities informed and actively involved in the process.”
Cahill said he will be joined by officials with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, the parent company that operates Kingston and Benedictine hospitals.
Personally, I think these HealthAlliance employees are going to end up getting screwed. Why? Because that's what virtually always happens under such circumstances. Still, HealthAlliance could turn around and surprise us all. I just wouldn't bet real money on it.