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As a lifelong Missoulian, I am writing in support of the sale of Community

Medical Center to Billings Clinic Regional Care.

Our city has been well served by two hospitals for more than 70 years, and I see no reason to change course now. While Providence St. Patrick Hospital is an excellent institution and gives back to our community in many ways, I personally believe in health care options for Missoulians.

I’m also glad to hear that Billings Clinic has committed to preserving local jobs and that they plan to continue existing charity care policies to help those most in need in our community.

While some Missoulians are suspicious of Community’s conversion to a tax-paying hospital, I think it’s wise to remember the ongoing loss of Smurfit Stone’s revenue. I see no disadvantage to having another large property taxpayer in town contributing to Missoula’s excellent quality of life and essential services.

If you agree, I hope you’ll join me in asking Attorney General Tim Fox to approve the sale: https://dojmt.gov/consumer/for-consumers/cmc-public-comments/.

Anna Martello,

Missoula

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