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Editor:

The leadership at Glens Falls Hospital doesn't know me from Adam and that is alright. As a duly elected member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, representing the city of Glens Falls 5th Ward, where the hospital is located, I felt it my fiduciary responsibility to initiate a conversation and voice my concerns at the board's monthly meeting on Friday, March 15. What I heard at a recent hospital sponsored presentation and what I was reading about in the local newspapers alarmed me and many that reached out and shared their similar comments and concerns with me.

I am disappointed that the hospital's administration declined Warren County's invitation to meet and listen to each other.

I clearly understand that Glens Falls Hospital is under no obligation to respond to a government body that represents 65,000 plus residents as well as countless individuals who work, play and visit our community. Many of those very same persons have a history with Glens Falls Hospital. The fact is that the public does want to know the future of its hospital, and few will find out the answer to that question in a well written full page ad in the Sunday edition of the daily newspaper.

Coming from an economic growth and development perspective, I worry about the dedicated men and women who work at Glens Falls Hospital. They are our friends and neighbors. I pray that the hospital resolves its woes in a timely and efficient manner. I question, will maintaining the public's trust in and respect of this fine institution be an achievable task?

Bennet Driscoll, Glens Falls

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