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Updated: 10/19/2013 08:00:02AM

Sarasota Memorial a role model for transparency

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As chairman of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, I’m responding to the Oct. 12 guest column by Tarren Bragdon, the head of a Naples-based organization who wrote, “We need to know more about Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s tax.”

While Mr. Bragdon mischaracterized and minimized Sarasota Memorial’s role in providing the most comprehensive range of medical services and community programs available in Sarasota County — perhaps because he is not a member of our community — I agree with his assertion that residents “deserve a government that works efficiently and operates with public transparency and accountability.”

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