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Readers weigh in on races for West Linn-Wilsonville School Board, proposed psychiatric hospital.

Concerned about psychiatric hospital

I am concerned to see that Wilsonville government has expressed support for NEWCO to build a 100-bed psychiatric hospital in the Coffee Creek area. As the regulators recently approved the certificate of need, I think it is important to remember that NEWCO is a subsidiary of Universal Health Systems, which has been the subject of investigation for exploiting and forcing patients into extended inpatient stays. (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/intake#.fojJ11vLb) UHS has also been the subject of thousands of complaints of patient mistreatment & rights violations, recently settling for over $100 million dollars (https://www.fcacounsel.com/blog/universal-health-services-inc-settles-false-claims-act-allegations-for-117-million/)

Mental health treatment centers are vital, but we should be familiar with the companies that we invite to take care of our communities. I would urge Wilsonville, council and community, to do their due diligence and publicly discuss the issues around UHS before welcoming them to do business here.

Andrew Engel

Wilsonville

We need Shiratori's leadership, experience

Seiji Shiratori will bring a fresh approach to the West Linn-Wilsonville school board. His acknowledgement of the importance of inclusivity and diversity in our district is very much needed. With 16 schools, 1,000 teachers, 10,000 students, and a budget of well over $100 million, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board has serious responsibilities. We need Seiji's leadership and policy experience to be the best steward of our tax dollars. Personally, I have two children currently enrolled in our public schools. Having a school board member who believes in our public school system enough to enroll his own children is showing support for the community, staff, teachers, and fellow students. Join me in voting for Seiji Shiratori for our West Linn-Wilsonville School Board.

Dianne Knight

Wilsonville


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