RICHMOND, VA – Newly released figures from Virginia Health Information (VHI), the agency that gathers and reports health care data in the Commonwealth, yet again confirm the fact that many local hospitals across the state continue to struggle financially.
The numbers show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acute care, critical access, and children’s hospitals, and more than 43 percent of rural hospitals, operated in the red during 2015.
Those figures indicate a slight increase from 2014 data showing roughly 25 percent of overall hospitals, and 42 percent of rural hospitals, with negative operating margins. Data from the past two years reflect the continuation of a pattern consistently evid
In typical Bowers’ grandiosity his victory party at Fork in the City was staged with a ribbon cutting as the media waited at the entrance. The slim victory of 349 votes did not daunt his elation.
The numbers unofficially were 4827 for David Bowers and 4478 for his Republican opponent Mark Lucas. It was a 51.7% victory for Bowers to a 47.96% loss for Lucas.
Bowers presented his mother Mary Bowers, his campaign manager Joan Washburn and his girlfriend Margarite with a dozen yellow roses each. Court Rosen won the council vote total to become Vice-Mayor and Anita Price and Sherman Lea were re-elected to council.
He praised Roanoke as a great place to raise a family with great neighborhoods and great schools. He credited his opponent for “a very spirited campaign.” When asked what it was that put him over the top Bowers’ replied, “Darned if I know.”
“I give you my heart, I give you my honesty and I give you my good sense of humor,” said Bowers. He exclaimed that Roanokers said to him Tuesday that “they know a good thing when they got it and someone in South Roanoke said if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
The election results will bring stability to the city he said. “If the vote had gone the other way we would have had four single term mayors,” he said. Having a stable government is good for economic development and progress.
Later he said it was the toughest race he had ever been in. Bowers will be 60 years old on his next birthday.
But it was party time at Fork in the City with dancing and Jim Baldwin playing the bagpipes. Bowers even did a little Irish jig with his girlfriend. The whose-who of Roanoke Democrats was there to celebrate including Senator John Edwards and former Senator Granger MacFarlane.
Bowers said that he guessed that The Roanoke Times was going to have to put up with him for four more years he said with a smile.
My note:Surely tonight The Roanoke Times got at least ONE picture of Bowers smiling – that is if they wanted to.