To the Editor:
I admire Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager for standing up against Centegra, standing for the people of this community and the doctors who have served it so well. If one were a cynic, one might conclude that Centegra expanded, fended off other hospitals’ efforts to serve the community, then ended full service at all but the most profitable locations. The Woodstock doctors have cared for patients and built practices, and now must send them elsewhere or move their offices. Does this sound like the behavior of a charitable nonprofit?
One wonders about two things. The original Woodstock hospitals were built by the people of our community to serve. Was the real estate given or sold to Centegra at a low cost? Have they lived up to their agreement? Second, if they support their charitable tax status by representing their uncollected debts as charity, are they really a profit-making organization and should be taxed as such?