<b>A top-rated hospital</b>
EDITOR: While following the possible demise of Palm Drive Hospital, I found Consumer Reports Health's national health safety survey in its May issue. Near the top of top-scoring hospitals, in addition to Sonoma Valley Hospital, is Palm Drive Hospital. These ratings covered 2,591 hospitals. There must be a lesson here somewhere.
<b>Standing up for victims</b>
EDITOR: At any time, any one of us in Sonoma County can become a victim of crime. Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse, place victims in likely the most difficult and painful experience of their lives.
The victim services division of the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office serves more than 3,000 crime victims each year. We advocate for and guide victims through the criminal justice system, link them to community resources and assist them with victim compensation and restitution to recover crime-related losses. Many partners join us in serving victims, particularly those located at the Family Justice Center.
This week, Sonoma County is celebrating National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This year, we celebrate three decades of promoting crime victims' rights and honoring victims, survivors, and those who advocate on their behalf.
Please help keep our community safe. If you or anyone you know may be a victim of crime, please call your local law enforcement agency or the District Attorney's Office — we are here to serve you.