Editor,

I am deeply disappointed in Sutter Health’s heartless decision to permanently close the Mickelson therapy pool at Mills Health Center. I need the warm pool because of my arthritis. The warm water helps me make it through the day without drugs and my son-in-law needs it more than me. He is bedridden and the therapy pool is the only way he can use all of his muscles. He had a stroke at the age of 28. He cried when they closed the pool.

The healing water helped me smile because it relieved my arthritis pain all over my body. Now when I go to Sutter Health, they want to give me drugs. I didn’t need drugs when I was going to Mickelson. I am so upset about the closure. I love walking my dogs, but now I can’t do that because I’m miserable.

This facility is healing and therapeutic for so many people in the disabled community who need it daily to rehabilitate and ease their pain. There is no other place like it on the Peninsula. The ramp makes it easy to put a paralyzed person in a wheelchair into the warm water. This therapy pool was donated to the community.

Sutter Health, please reconsider your decision for the sake of the many people in the Bay Area who are suffering without this unique resource.

Readers, please support our community by signing our petition at change.org/save-the-Mickelson-pool.

Judy Lynn

San Mateo

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(2) comments

BuddyDog

Judy:

You speak for many suffering with multiple conditions for whom the Mickelson pool was a lifeline to greater health and mobility.

I do not understand why this facility needs to be closed.

There is NOTHING like it in the Bay Area. Losing this precious gift would be devastating to our community.

Nancy Phelps

cynthiarobbinsroth

I am in total agreement with Judy and Nancy regarding Sutter's cold-hearted decision to close down this important healthcare facility. It is unique in our county, and so many of us have benefited immensely from having access to this therapeutic pool.

This is not the only important county-based healthcare facility that Sutter has closed in the recent past. Sutter also closed closed fairly abruptly a gym facility for senior and Senior Focus - a senior care and recreation program- based in Burlingame. I'd love to know if that company leadership has taken any cut to their salaries and associated benefits during their company's COVID-driven hit on operating income. Or did they simply decide to make up their losses by removing crucial healthcare facilities (especially aimed at the elderly and the disabled of our county)?

Cynthia Robbins-Roth

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