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Letters to the Editor for April 21, 2012

IN YOUR OPINION

Ocala, FL - April 21, 2012

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Save our Hospital

This letter is being written in support of our hospital, Munroe Regional Medical Center.

I speak from personal experience, having been a patient at MRMC four times, having received the best professional care ever, as have my children.

There is so much comparison to other health care facilities, which are owned by for-profit organizations. I have had these unfortunate experiences. Their main goal is the bottom line, and the patients suffer because of this due to understaffing. Imagine being a patient in one of these hospitals and rehab centers and having to wait sometimes hours for nursing care for pain, medications and bandage changing. At one facility there was one nurse for every 14 patients, resulting in many capable staff resigning. The result was bringing in new temporary staff who were not experienced and had to learn the routine and medications for all the patients. I have experienced this on two occasions and it was a nightmare resulting in infections and pain and suffering.

I am also on a fixed income and am disturbed by the comments in the Letters to the Editor opposing a tax to keep MRMC solvent. Their doomed-to-fail remarks are urging taxpayers to reject this referendum. Walk a mile in my shoes and see the difference between the excellent care MRMC gives in comparison to others.

We need to keep it in our hands and not in those that take profit over care.

I urge the community to vote and keep MRMC in our hands for the health of Marion County.

Joan Grant
Ocala


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