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Economy has affected Lodi Health, city of Lodi and Camp Hutchins

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 am

Camp Hutchins has been an excellent daycare center for the community for about two decades. For the past 15 years, it has been operated by Lodi Memorial Hospital — now Lodi Health — in the northwest portion of Hutchins Street Square, which is a taxpayer-funded facility.

Approximately $500,000 worth of taxpayer funds have gone toward debt service, utilities and maintenance for this daycare center since 1998. On Dec. 19, 2012, the Lodi City Council was asked to discuss renewing the $1 annual lease with Lodi Health to operate Camp Hutchins, as well as the Adult Day Care Center, which serves seniors who are not able to care for themselves alone. Because taxpayer funds are used to support those programs, the City Council was asked to discuss the following policy questions:

  • Should the city (taxpayers) continue providing a rent subsidy for child care services that compete with private providers, as well as the Recreation Division's After School Program at Lakewood, Reese, Vinewood and Larson elementary schools?
  • Should the city (taxpayers) continue absorbing the cost of wear and tear to Camp Hutchins?
  • Should the city (taxpayers) continue absorbing the cost of wear and tear to the Adult Day Care Center?

Three representatives of Lodi Health spoke on behalf of the programs. Afterward, the City Council voted unanimously that city staff should seek additional compensation from Lodi Health for Camp Hutchins, but continue the $1 annual lease for the Adult Day Care Center. As city staff began carrying out that direction, Lodi Health announced the closure of Camp Hutchins at the end of July.

The city's perspective is to close the subsidy gap, not attempt to profit from the program. The decision made by the city was that Lodi Health should pay more than $1 a year for its Camp Hutchins lease.

As it prepares for health-care reform and assesses programs and services to strengthen its system, Lodi Health determined it could no longer operate Camp Hutchins if the lease should increase.

Camp Hutchins will close at the end of July. The Camp Hutchins staff will work with parents of the 30 students to ensure a smooth transition to other facilities.

The city and Lodi Health are proud of their partnership at Camp Hutchins the past 15 years. The economy, however, has impacted both the city and the health system. We both are adapting, given our limited resources.

Konradt Bartlam

City manager, city of Lodi

Joe Harrington

President, Lodi Health

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  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:19 pm on Fri, Feb 15, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    John, I understand where you are coming from but I truly believe that when it comes to children we, as a society, all have a obligation. If it were an individual's responsibility then we wouldn't have public schools funded by taxpayers. Children don't always have choices and I feel an obligation to give them as much opportunity as possible. Even if their parents are negligent.

  • John Kindseth posted at 9:19 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 246

    I repeat my other post......Whose job is it to pay for child care for other people's children ??

  • d.ebra trew posted at 9:49 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    concerned citizen Posts: 5

    The difference is that the elders are ill and dealing with end of life issues.The staff work closely with families to keep their loved ones out of skilled nursing and other institutions.They have already gave their blood seat and tears and now need some dignity.The center is non-profit using grants to help subsidize their attendence. It is within the scope of Lodi Health because its part of new healthcare outlook keeping these people with their families as long as possible.There are no programs of this nature available at this time That is the differnce. There are many daycare programs in churches, homes ,ect I would like to invite you to come visit our program so you could get a better understanding It is not a matter of one being more important its a matter of Lodi health being in the healthcare business and that is what The Adult Day center deals with

  • Sally Keszler posted at 8:13 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Sally Keszler Posts: 29

    "OUR" kids ... sorry

  • Sally Keszler posted at 8:10 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Sally Keszler Posts: 29

    Anne, you said "Do we value our Elders more than our Children? Wouldn't they both be equally important?"

    I read this article and thought the same thing? Why are seniors more valuable than or kids?

  • Anne Rogers posted at 5:54 am on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    AnneRogers123 Posts: 2

    I am wondering why it is okay for the City (Taxpayers) to continue "absorbing the cost of wear and tear to the Adult Day Care Center?" but not for Camp Hutchins? Do we value our Elders more than our Children? Wouldn't they both be equally important? Also thank you Rad, for the emailed canned response that matches word for word this article I find hours later this morning in the paper, the only difference is your email was missing Mr. Harrington's name at the bottom.


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