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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
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
[to top of second column in this letter]
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
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.)
October 07, 2011]
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