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home : opinion : letters to the editor July 21, 2017

5/17/2017 10:19:00 AM
Strong hospital future remains at the forefront

We have received many questions regarding your May 3 article: "Medina vows to solve hospital puzzle."
These questions are understandable. The article suggests local doctors are opposed to an additional physician in town; this is untrue. We desire more physicians and are actively recruiting doctors to meet the needs of the community.
As physicians on your hospital medical staff, our concerns are twofold. First, we care about the financial security of our hospital. Small hospitals must be especially careful when funding new projects to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, potentially risking the hospital's financial future.
Second, we are concerned about poorly understood, potentially high risk decisions. These decisions damage working relationships within the hospital structure. We local doctors have invested our lives in this hospital and we value its future.
In recent weeks, the hospital medical staff has held several special meetings with administration and the hospital board. Nursing and anesthesia staff have held similar meetings. These dedicated medical professionals have a wealth of knowledge and historical perspective. We physicians have always valued the ability to work as a team with hospital staff and administration. High-quality patient care depends on this teamwork.
We feel decisions have been made which could adversely affect our hospital, our community, physicians and our hospital's ability to survive. Our city council recently brought up several financial concerns regarding the hospital budget, including the million dollar increase in annual salaries and the future direction of the hospital.
We sincerely hope the hospital board/city council can help "solve this hospital puzzle." We, as three of your devoted local doctors, love this hospital. We hope for resolution of this dilemma in a way which preserves our hospital's future, restores relationships and maintains high-quality patient care.
  - Dr. Stephanie Buhler
      Dr. Rod Dynes
     Dr. Mary Olson
Editor's note: This letter represents the views of the three physicians who signed this letter, not necessarily all Windom physicians.

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