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(This letter, posted here as a letter to the editor, was sent to Memorial Health System.)

Mr. Travis Dowell
Memorial Medical Center
Springfield, IL 62712

Dr. Paul Kasa, M.D.
Family Medical Center
Lincoln, IL 62656


I have written letters to the editor of our local newspaper thanking certain groups or individuals, or brought attention to causes or persons whom I felt deserved special recognition for unselfish service to our city.

Sadly, today that is not the case.

This letter is about my feelings and others regarding my personal affection and respect for Steven Kottemann, M.D.

It is difficult to express one's relationship with a doctor who has been there for your family and guided you through several medical crises with the upmost support and calming understanding, only recently learning that this good man was released from his medical practice because of his computer skills technology, not his medical knowledge.

We have all heard of the country doctors who delivered babies, amputated limbs, delivering emergency care with a horse and buggy, knowing the main objective was to save lives, administer care and heal with compassion... No laptop required.

Eventually these records will also become extinct. So my question is... Will a doctor eventually have to forsake his/her medical training to transcribing medical data to reach quotas that must be met by FMC?

I personally feel like I am being herded through as cattle with the number system, which I understand that this might be changed and should be.

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Is it fair for a layperson and your staff to sit in judgment in regard to a patient's care in making the judgment that medical transcribing is more important than giving his patient his full attention and that transcribing over and above the care and evaluation of treatment and his care of his patients??

The bottom line is, what is more important? Losing my medical care with the doctor of my choice, or the medical group sacrificing my health care because they do not have a medical transcriber?

I am not looking at numbers like you are in order to meet quotas and expenses; I am seeing my doctor because I have to.

The medical group is sacrificing my health care and that of others because you do not have a medical transcriber as they do at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Springfield Clinic.

After receiving another call this afternoon, it would not surprise me if others are posting letters to our local newspaper and our online news media.

So now you are asking Steven Kottemann, M.D., to end his practice in our city?? This will not successfully occur without fireworks and then some.

Finally, in my humble opinion, this is totally blatant disregard for the welfare of Dr. Steven D. Kottemann's patients.


Mr. & Mrs. Harry Tibbs, family and friends

(Note: Letter shortened for publication to remove some references to personal health matters.)

[Posted October 07, 2011]

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