This morning I heard the familiar chime of my sister’s text tone and watched a video of her cat stealing Halloween candy out of her daughter’s bucket all the way in Alabama. A few minutes ago I received a notice from Facebook that a friend in Mississippi needs someone to take an old desk off her hands. I can make two clicks on my computer and get news from across the world. Technology in the 21st century puts information of all kinds at our fingertips with speed and efficiency.
Why is it so difficult, then, to access relevant information about the daily goings on in my city?
In order to learn when our public meetings are scheduled (or cancelled) citizens either have to make a personal visit to City Hall or call the office.
What of other news that might be useful, or just exciting?
Like the reopening of the local hospital.
This week I drove by the old Saint Catherine hospital building that closed a few years ago. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the spray-painted-over sign out front was replaced with a new name, the North Clark Community Hospital.
Wait, is the hospital reopening?!? I came home and checked the regular sources for news…City website, Facebook…no news. Nothing to tell me the status of the hospital. I remember that the hospital is in Charlestown’s Comprehensive Plan for redevelopment, so why are we not hearing any news of its reopening?
Tonight on my Facebook news feed a notice from the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce asked me to take a survey for the “new North Clark Community Hospital.”
I Googled it.
Yep! Looks like our hospital is reopening and will offer “multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment mental health services to patients requiring the safety, security, and shelter of the inpatient or partial hospitalization settings.”
I wish I had more details to share, but I don’t.
It’s sad that in an age of instant communication possibilities people in Charlestown have to work so hard to find out what’s happening in our community.
In the mean time, here’s the link to the only web source I could find: http://npino.com/hospital/1174043293-north-clark-community-hospital/
P.S. Go to the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and complete the very short survey on the hospital for a chance to win $100!