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Quality of care

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

A story is being circulated that a small group of selfish, greedy doctors who don’t care about quality of care are out to destroy Centegra.

Quite the opposite. These “few” doctors have invested their lives, careers and families in the Centegra community. They want very much for the programs to flourish and prosper. Further, unlike salaried doctors with guaranteed incomes, the success of their practices and reputations depends upon the quality of care they deliver.

Unfortunately, the current Centegra business plan appears flawed. All effective authority is vested in one person. In a climate devoid of meaningful dialogue, where any criticism is quashed, awareness of potential dangers can be missed.

At this time, many independent doctors are joining other hospital staffs. Eventually, they will take their patients with them. But no one will listen. Rather than embrace open dialogue, the 14 members of the Board of Governors appear to have closed ranks.

After repeated invitations since March to meet for a casual talk over dinner or a drink, not one has accepted. As a member of the Centegra community corporation for more than 35 years, I feel obligated to speak up.

My wife would like me to drop this and stay home. Nothing would please me more, but so much is at stake, not only for medical professionals who work within Centegra Health System, but also for all who rely on their expertise.

William C. Dam, M.D.


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