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
Botetourt County resident Zachary Hatcher, a small business owner and pastor at Mount Bethel Church of the Brethren in Eagle Rock., announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination of Virginia’s 19th House of Delegate District.
When asked why he was running, Hatcher said, “After years of praying that God would raise up Godly men and women to run for political office and hearing from numerous people that I am exactly the type of person we need in office, I decided that it was time to stop simply hoping for the right leaders and to become that right leader.”
Hatcher is a graduate of Lord Botetourt High school and earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Radford University. He founded Hatcher Properties and became a real estate investor. He worked four years at Bank of Fincastle before leaving to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech. Hatcher was appointment by Governor McDonald to serve on the Virginia State Milk Commission.
“It appears that the same mentality that has driven our federal government to run up over $16 trillion in debt has made its way to Richmond,” said Hatcher. “A bigger government is not the answer, nor is the mentality that more spending will solve our problems. I, like the voters in the 19th District, believe that we need a limited government that leads to more liberty for individuals and communities. This is the answer to our problems.”
Hatcher says he covets the support of those who believe and still hold to the principals of our founding. He said, “With their support we can win and we can turn things around.”
The Republican nominee for the 19th House of Delegates will be chosen at a Legislative District Party Canvas (Firehouse Primary) on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 p.m..
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: election 2013, Elections, house_of_delegates, republican