|Ocala, FL -
Published in the Star Banner/Ocala.com on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
The recent news about whether or not to extend Munroe Regional Medical Center’s lease has greatly disturbed me.
The hospital has been rated as one of the best in the USA. It is the only non-profit hospital treating the poor in our area.
Steve Purves, president and CEO, obviously knows the role a hospital takes in its community. We owe him, some of his directors and staff our respect and gratitude for their commitment to us.
What do you suppose would happen to all the indigent people who would not receive medical care?
I remember several decades ago when Creedmore Hospital in Long Island, NY, one day closed its doors. All patients were literally dumped on the street.
Today we are faced with a much greater problem. We can’t afford to be so apathetic and uncaring.
There are many examples illustrating what happens when private enterprises take over public hospitals.
They are not interested in the welfare of the citizens but only in their bottom line. Then they cut staff and services and eventually wonder whether they could make more money if they sold the land.
It appears that our elected officials are more interested in their own agendas than what is good for their constituents.
County commissioners earn $75,000 a year for a part-time job and all they really worry about is how developers and other special interests will aid them.
I implore you to write or call your County Commissioners (438-2323) and tell them to extend the lease for this first-class medical center and allow them to continue to serve the Florida residents with the quality of care they are noted for.
We cannot afford to lose this medical center or have its purpose subverted.