Dear Citizens of Cedar County,

I am writing this to plead with each of you to vote ‘YES’ for the tax levy to help support our Cedar County Memorial Hospital.

My name is Anna Puckett, I have been a nurse for 35 years and I have worked as a hospice nurse for the past 14 years. I have seen many patients taken care of at Cedar County Memorial Hospital when their loving caregivers at home needed a rest, in hospice this is called Respite. Hospitals don’t have to do this, but Cedar County Memorial Hospital has always been willing to help hospice patients and families during a very difficult time and it helps to keep patients close to home so family can still visit them during this time of respite. Thank you Cedar County Memorial Hospital, for providing care to patients and their families during their final journey here on this earth.

My husband became ill suddenly with vomiting and passing out, we called 911 and were told it would be an hour before an ambulance could get to our home, so my daughter and son-in-law assisted to get him into our car and I drove him to Cedar County Memorial Hospital Emergency room. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis and was hospitalized there. I was so thankful that he was just 3 blocks from our home so I could check on him frequently. The doctors and nurses were so kind and took such good care of him, as were the housekeepers and dietary staff.

I also appreciate not having to drive an hour for routine testing such as yearly mammograms, x-rays and lab work etc. Just think how our elderly community depends on our local hospital!

Cedar County Memorial Hospital is a vital part of Cedar County and ElDorado Springs. The hospital is one of our largest employers in Cedar County. I simply do not understand why people have signs in their yards saying “vote no” on this matter. The tax increase is minute’ compared to the benefits we reap from Cedar County Memorial Hospital. Our hospital is full of home town people providing home town care to all of us. My mom used to say, “You’ll never miss the water, ‘til the well runs dry.” Please, please get out and vote June 2, and vote YES to help keep our Cedar County Memorial Hospital alive and well in our county and community.


Anna Puckett, RN

ElDorado Springs