To the Editor:
It is time for Valley Hi to be considered, in case you haven’t, a gem for our community!
The voters of McHenry County voted for it. While serving on the County Board and Public Health Committee for the past four years, I have advocated for expanding Valley Hi with a state of the art Alzheimers/Dementia Wing with its surplus. This is not Memory Care, which is a completely different specialty.
With the incoming flux of baby boomers, the statistics are staggering. We all know Valley Hi has a large surplus. An independent study was done right before I left on improving Valley Hi’s operations and what it may look like in the future. By using less than 25 percent of the surplus, Valley Hi and the residents of McHenry County could have a state of the art Alzheimers/Dementia Wing.
This would not increase the levy/taxes to the taxpayers and would provide a much-needed use to the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and provide help to our growing babyboomers retiring for the next 40 years.
For less than $10 million of the existing surplus, Valley Hi and its community could help the less fortunate and keep family members close by during their later years while continuing to not increase Valley Hi's levy.
Michael Rein, Former County Board member