Prop. 3 Would Help Improve Children's Hospitals

    Dear Editor,

    You will have the opportunity to vote in one of the most historic and important presidential elections in American history. You might not realize, however, that there are several important California-specific initiatives you will be asked to consider on the same ballot. Proposition 3 — the Children’s Hospital Bond Act — is one of those important initiatives. Children’s hospitals treat the most serious and deadly diseases and conditions, including cancer, heart defects, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. The number of children needing care in California is growing, but the space and equipment to treat them are not.

    As the president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association, I can assure you that children’s hospitals work every day to do everything possible to help all of the seriously ill and injured children who count on us all across the state for health care. However, California’s children’s hospitals face daunting challenges. Each year more than one million children are treated at children’s hospitals. Many are transferred from other hospitals that don’t have the resources to treat them. Children’s hospitals are operating at or near capacity. Without additional capital investment in medical equipment and facilities, children’s hospitals simply will not be able to meet the needs of the region’s expanding pediatric population.

    Proposition 3 would provide $980 million for the 13 children’s hospitals in California to purchase state-of-the-art medical technologies and expand so they can make more room to take care of more kids. Not a penny from Proposition 3 can be spent on anything but construction or equipment at children’s hospitals. These funds cannot be raided or used for other purposes. Proposition 3 is a sound investment in facilities and technology that will enable care of children in communities across the state for generations to come.

    People often express their admiration for children’s hospitals and their respect for the life-saving work done by our physicians and nurses. Please make this admiration meaningful by voting “yes” on Proposition 3. Join Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, former Gov. Pete Wilson, the California Business Roundtable, the League of Women Voters, California Chamber of Commerce, California Nurses Association, the California Federation of Teachers and many other leaders who have endorsed Proposition 3. Visit us at www.ImagineWithUs.org for more information. Please vote yes on Proposition 3. Your vote will make a difference.

    — Diana S. Dooley
    President and CEO,
    California Children’s Hospital Association

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