Letter: Supervisor asks for public support for referendum on healthcare centers

For the editor-

Decades of use, even with responsible maintenance, puts wear and tear on any building, and renovations and additions can only go so far. The Portage County Health Care Center has served the needs of our local elderly residents for nearly 100 years.

As health care services have evolved, the original 1931 design of the Portage County Health Care Center no longer meets our needs. On Tuesday, April 5, Portage County is asking residents to vote on whether to replace and operate a new facility.

For the past five years, the county administration has been focused on finding the right solution for our community. We are passionate about what we do and want to provide families with a local, accessible alternative to private care.

To do this, our 91-year-old building must be replaced. We currently do not have the space to provide the services our residents need, such as memory care and semi-private rooms at the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).

Some important issues, however, are not so easy to see. To continue to function, our building needs critical infrastructure upgrades. Many rooms do not have adequate air conditioning and lighting, and the electrical system in our resident rooms and throughout the building is not sufficient to support the equipment needed to care for residents.

Throughout this process, I have been grateful for how our community has engaged and raised their voices. You asked intelligent questions and offered valuable feedback. This is an important community-wide decision, and it’s important that you have the information you need when reviewing the plan. I encourage you to visit our website, OurHealthOurCareOurFuture.com. There you will find information about the plan, cost and other details.

Please visit our website and don’t forget to make your voice heard no later than Tuesday April 5th.

Ray Reser
Portage County Supervisor, District 25