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Unhappy with doctor management by medical center's administration

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(Response to a previous letter)

To the editor:

We read the letter to the editor regarding Dr. Steve Kottemann, and we agree with the writer's opinion. We have been patients of Dr. Steve Kottemann for more than 20 years. He is an excellent physician, very capable and very interested in the health and welfare of every patient.

We are not happy with Memorial Medical Center for what appears to be an indifference to the excellent care of patients by this very fine physician.

A doctor's primary task is to be competent, thorough and caring of his patients. Dr. Kottemann has always been very thorough and very caring and has helped us through many health crises.

Those who have made some of these recent decisions -- setting time quotas for the care of patients, which appear to be for financial gain rather than the total interest in patient care -- should rethink these changes. Perhaps they should be replaced with administrators who are not only efficient but also put patients' needs first.

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The current situation at the Family Medical Center appears to be out of control, as well as shortsighted and possibly unethical. I encourage other patients to express their displeasure to the administration of the Family Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center.

After his years of caring and competent service, for Dr. Kotteman to be treated this way should not go unnoticed by our community, patients and community leaders. I have discussed this situation with the administrator at FMC and have expressed my opinions. I encourage others to write the Lincoln Courier, Lincoln Daily News and the Family Medical Center to express the unhappiness that his patients are feeling.


David and Jeri Cadwallader

[Posted October 13, 2011]

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