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Voice: Clinicas' board has a critical decision to make

March 24, 2002

With regard to your opinion in Monday's newspaper of "the difficult transition" Clinicas is now going through with the recent resignation of Louis Lerma, you brought up some valid points.

Clinicas has come a long way in growth and therefore it is imperative that it continue to remain on solid ground. The community it services would be injured if it crumbled. (We definitely want to keep the doors open, providing the wide range of services.) Just imagine if the latter occurred. The impact would be horrendous. That would be terrible. As it is, we need our own hospital in Calexico.

So, clearly, making the right choice is the Clinicas board's responsibility. It is up to its board to make that proper choice. The board will be highly criticized if they do not exercise with caution in their decision. Imagine the jeopardy the board members would be placing Clinicas in!

The Clinicas board should review its candidates' carefully. Most importantly, board members should take a look at the candidate's working knowledge of the clinics' operations and the candidate's familiarity with the present ongoing services, budget, current grants, etc., and also taking a long, close look at the individual's relationship with other networking agencies.

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Do these fellow agencies, hospitals, health officials, etc. endorse and support this candidate? If not, then that should tell you something.

Good luck board members. This is urging you to make the right decision on the communities behalf.

JUAN SANDOVAL

Calexico

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