To the Editor:
I am writing to address the Feb. 2 letter to the editor from Carol Dewey, to help allay her concerns and correct any misperceptions.
First and foremost, Mercyhealth Hospital – Harvard will not lose any jobs as a result of our Crystal Lake hospital project. We are not shifting services or reducing patient care options in any way. The same great physicians, nurses and other caregivers Ms. Dewey mentioned will continue to provide outstanding care in Harvard.
The Illinois Health Facilities Review Board carefully reviewed the utilization for hospital beds at Harvard and determined not all the beds were needed.
It is important to remember that over time technology has allowed us to treat numerous medical and surgical conditions without the need for hospitalization and has greatly reduced the need for as many beds in most hospitals. Shifting beds that are not needed in Harvard to Crystal Lake is a win-win for both communities.
Mercyhealth Hospital – Harvard will continue to provide the same high quality, compassionate care residents have come to expect and fully deserve, including but not limited to:
• Our emergency department is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians 24/7;
• We provide successful treatment of complex diagnoses (including initial treatment of heart attack or stroke), and exceptional follow-up care, which is recognized by the Joint Commission;
• We provide advanced surgical capabilities, including vascular, orthopedics, general and laparoscopic procedures, to name a few.
Ensuring our patients have the very best care close to home is our passion. Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center – Harvard will continue to serve Harvard residents with quality compassionate care, and we will expand to meet changing patient needs as they develop. We look forward to growing together well into the future.
Javon R. Bea
President/CEO of Mercyhealth