Letter: Health care today now major business

To the editor:

I would like to tell you about Johnson Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center. It first opened in 2003. It was built primarily with donations from the public, many of which are noted on wall of the lobby. Thank you all.

The staff is a wonderful, small group of folks who know each of their patients well. They willingly share their knowledge and expertise. They freely give smiles and hugs and even tears when needed. They advocate fiercely for their patients when it comes to administrative and political issues.

Each patient is an individual and receives the support and encouragement they deserve regardless of who they are, where they live or their reimbursement level. They are as supportive and caring about each other as they are their patients.

Health care has improved greatly over the years, for which we all need to be very grateful. The very sad part is that it is no longer a service, it is now a major business. I do believe that the Johnson Memorial Cancer Care Center is providing a beautiful service and filling a need for many folks.

I wish Community Health Network well on their southside cancer care center. It is certainly a very brave venture in view of national economy and the general status of health care reimbursement right now.

Judy Price


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