Thursday, December 8, 2016
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
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Ed Elswick, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor District
In his victory speech at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood Tuesday night Ed Elswick soon to be a member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for the Windsor district admited his lack of political speaking skills. He jealously eluded to the honed skills of General Assembly orator and Delegate Morgan Griffith who had finished his victory speech earlier in the night.
No organizations he interviewed with endorsed him said Elswick but almost immediately someone yelled out “we got your support.” Elswick thought that most of the organizations had selfish motives. “I will do what the people want,” he said.
Interviewed shortly before his victory speech Elswick proclaimed that “you can serve the county without being number one at everything.” He believes that striving to have the best and most expensive facilities like a super library and the multi-generation center wastes taxpayers money.
“Ordinary citizens of Roanoke County should not have to pay taxes for better than what they have,” said Elswick.
Elswick, a Republican has repeatedly espoused smaller government. It seemed to resonate with the voters at the polls Tuesday. Elswick removed his hat and placed a large feather in it as pictured above.
Elswick told me his first order of business when taking office will be to conduct “a real extensive survey to find out what the people want while letting them know exactly what it will cost them … if they say yes then OK,” said Elswick. He has been consistent in his message of keeping government out of “peoples daily routines.” He is also against county vehicles being taken home for personal use.
Elswick won the seat after beating Joe McNamara in the June primary. Elswick beat his Democratic opponent Sarah Goodman 58% – 42%.
A real squeaker for incumbent Republican Supervisor Mike Altizer over Pat Patterson in the Vinton district – only 16 votes as of late last night – a recount?
Republican incumbent Richard Flora, Hollins district, won with 65% of the vote over Democrat Charlene Waybright.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, Roanoke County Politics