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Resounding ‘no’ to KershawHealth takeover

Posted: October 8, 2013 8:29 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

I have read with interest and dismay both of the letters from Mr. Schaffer encouraging the takeover of KershawHealth by a Charlotte based company.

Interest with the first letter because I thought, he can’t be serious. After the second letter, I realized he was serious so I was very dismayed as this is the last thing we, citizens of Kershaw County and surrounding areas would want to see happen.

The first, and most egregious event to have occur, is that KershawHealth would no longer be our hospital. It would be their hospital. We the patients would be their patients rather than patients of employees who come from our community. We would be patients of employees who could come from anywhere in the system.

This sense of “community” is an important entity that would be lost.

Referring to an article in the June issue of the AARP Bulletin titled “Merger Mania,” the headline stated “Hospital Consolidation is Now!” and that it may be good for business but patients don’t always benefit.

The article also states that in a previous merger boom patient costs increased 5 percent to 40 percent.

I would refer others to this article for more information.

I would like to know what factual information Mr. Schaffer has that would elucidate possible benefits to a takeover. He really didn’t offer any.

Perhaps he is on the payroll of Carolina’s Health System of Charlotte.

Believe me, the KershawHealth System needs to stay exactly as it is!

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