My wife and I recently enjoyed a delightful visit to a fine resort, where our every need was anticipated and met with prompt, cheerful, expert attention.

The only negative factor was my wife’s broken pelvis, the reason for this stay at the St. Charles hospital “resort” in Prineville. Other than unavoidable pain, her stay was a pleasure!

There are “cost-saving” moves to cut funding for this and other rural hospitals, so call our congressmen and say “no!”

A medical crisis such as our broken bones reminds us that fear is powerful. Naturally, we fear the unknown, and our Oregon health care is progressing into a frontier where much is unknown. But we are a pioneer state, and the future of coordinated care organizations and affordable care holds great promise for us all.

Our medical goals are simply what my pioneer grandma often said: “A stitch in time saves nine.”

Preventing medical problems and addressing problems early is vastly better than waiting for emergency room crisis visits and drastic treatments. Early access costs less in dollars, pain, stress and lost productivity.

So, when we hear groups generate fear of change by screaming, “The sky is falling,” we should remember the story of Chicken Little, and check some less hysterical sources of information, rather than allow uninformed fear to guide our thinking about medical progress.

We Oregonians are still pace-setting pioneers!

Allan Smyth