Letters to the Editor

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To the Editor:
To Lincoln County inhabitants and the Foto News office:

We all love Pine Crest, the employed staff, doctors, nurses, therapists, dietary, food served, entertainment provided, the list goes on. And of course, the impressive buildings and nice location are perfect.

  1. 85 rooms are empty, so if the room per day is $400, that means 400 times 85 = $34,000 per day lost. Per month, 30 days times $34,000 = $1,020,000. Big time, is lost. Never to put into the pot.
  2. Millions of dollars lost. We are in the red. That means losses.
  3. Shortage of staff. Advertise the needs maybe!
  4. Difficulty in admittance. Poor planning with hospital vs. Pine Crest. This can be improved quickly with in-service time.
  5. Expenses will rarely decrease, but only increase. Administrators can fix that with study, needs, not over stocking, etc. I have found administrators with nursing background are the best at this job.

These are the negative words to improve. The majority of folks in Lincoln County cannot afford the present set-up. If we purchased, we would never be out of debt. And folks would sell home, to leave town.
The positive effect would place this big headache on voting ballot box for people’s choice. If it goes belly up, then have County officials find a reputible buyer, to provide utmost care to our people in need of help. Somehow keep living prices within positive. We can solve this —
From a retired RN, still with current nursing license.

– Dorothy L. Johnson
Merrill, Wis.

To the Editor:

Majority? 85.3% of 782 survey replies = 667 to increase County portion of real estate taxes.
Lincoln County has 17,541 registered voters; 8,603 cast ballots in April 2023.
Independent Financial Audit? Audit for Year End December 31, 2022, by Clifton Larson Allen LLP was presented to Lincoln County Board on October 17, 2023.
Ownership? “For years we have been investing in Pine Crest.” What amount have you invested? Resident of Lincoln County for 70+ years but only 1 of 30,000 living in Lincoln County. There is no guarantee that you will be accepted at Pine Crest. It’s a true story that in past two years, a lifetime Lincoln County resident was denied by Pine Crest twice! She had been living in Merrill but ended up in Tomahawk in privately-run nursing home.
Affordable? Last time I checked for someone paying for their care, Pine Crest was approximately $9,000 a month–same as other nursing homes. Assisted living homes are about half of that.
QUOTE: “I only knew I couldn’t afford to put him in a private nursing home at a cost of $6,000 to $9,000 a month. Fortunately, a woman whose family took classes from Ken connected me with Pine Crest.” “As we age it’s only right that our county should look out for us.”
(From someone who has spent years in Lincoln & Marathon County.)

– Leona Vander Sanden
Gleason, Wis.

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