This is in response to the letter from David Greenamyre that was printed in the Mirror on June 28, 2000.
I believe that a healthy discussion concerning the County Infirmary is in order. However, Mr. Greenamyre's letter concentrated on the financial and occupancy problems at the infirmary. However, before closing the infirmary there are other factors to consider.
The first consideration is that the meals for the county jail and Meals on Wheels are prepared at the infirmary. The new jail does not have a kitchen. This may leave the county with the necessity of building new kitchen facilities if the infirmary is closed.
Also, in my opinion the county has a duty to insure that the elderly who reside at the infirmary have a place to reside in the county if the infirmary is closed. At this point we don't know how many empty beds exist in nursing care facilities in our county nor do we know if these facilities accept Medicaid payments.
As with most issues in our county the county should undertake an in-depth analysis of the consequences of governmental action before taking such action.