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5/19/2017 7:30:00 AM
'The little hospital that could'

To the Editor:

Howard Young gave us "the little hospital that could" and our population of mostly people over the age of 65 were grateful. Many people retired here, aware also of its excellent staff.

How many communities have a small group of women who were motivated to collect a large amount of the cost of a A-1 diagnostic cardiac machine to match the millions contributed by the management?

That hasn't changed the fact that if we have a heart attack or even atrial fibrillation, we can be stabilized in the emergency room but further care is 100 miles away. For many older people, transport is a problem which means no adequate care.

The Wall Street Journal (March 6, 2017, page A6) reports the biggest 2014 non-profit pay package went to the CEO of Ascension Hospital System. His compensation totaled $17.6 million.

Do you suppose he will care about our health care problem? Or will he tell us to eat cake, or wait, get sick enough to take our helicopter to the approved place of care, a small town 100 miles away.

Talk about lowering the cost of health care.

Nola Lindsay


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