To The Editor:"Tennova Healthcare serving the community for 65 years."In 1955, Bradley Memorial Hospital began as a nonprofit 52-bed healthcare facility established under the federal Hill-Burton …
To The Editor:
"Tennova Healthcare serving the community for 65 years."
In 1955, Bradley Memorial Hospital began as a nonprofit 52-bed healthcare facility established under the federal Hill-Burton Hospital Program. The Hill-Burton Hospital Program obligated Bradley Memorial Hospital to provide a specific amount of free or reduced healthcare each year to the people it served.
Tennova Healthcare makes the statement that Tennova Healthcare has been serving the community for 65 years. Community Health Systems (Tennova) was organized in 1985; you do the math. This is an insult to the many hundreds of men, women, nurses and physicians who faithfully served the patients at Bradley Memorial Hospital prior to the 2005 sale to Community Health Systems, a hospital for profit [and] healthcare provider.
The Bradley County Commission voted 13-0 on Sept. 19, 2005, to sell Bradley Memorial Hospital to Community Health Systems (Tennova), a for-profit healthcare provider. At the time of this sale, Community Health Systems (Tennova) was the owner of Cleveland Community Hospital, thus giving Community Health Systems (Tennova) 100 percent control of local hospital healthcare.
One-hundred percent control of any entity is commonly referred to as a monopoly. Where there is a monopoly, the cost of service provided is generally higher, and the pay and benefits to the monopoly's employees are generally lower.
We should give the people in this area a choice. Are we so arrogant that we tell people who and where they should receive healthcare? If the choice is Tennova, then fine; it just means Erlanger Health System made a very poor business decision investing millions for a healthcare facility in Bradley County.
I urge you to support the nonprofit Erlanger Health System in their quest to build a local facility to serve the people of Bradley County and the surrounding area.
This is called competition.
— Dr. David D. Darden
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