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The only reason I have gone to the Family Medical
Center for the last 26 years is because of a doctor named Steven
Kottemann, M.D. He is the best of the best and has kept me alive and
well against the odds.
One of the things I appreciate most about him is the fact that he
makes me feel like I am the most important patient he has. In
speaking with the many others I know who go to him, they feel the
same way. The way he approaches medical care is not in an
impersonal, hurry-up way. He is thoughtful and uses his knowledge to
give each of his patients the best care he can.
I don't go to see him because he is a computer whiz. I go to him
to keep me well, and he has done so for over 26 years -- not only
me, but my entire family and many of my friends.
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It is my opinion that the decision made to block his patients'
access to his care is a grave mistake. I, personally, have needed
his oversight in his absence because I have some serious medical
issues that he knows backward and forward and can address in
minutes, whereas another doctor unfamiliar with my situation may
take months to figure out.
Family Medical Center would be wise to apologize to and reinstate
Dr. Kottemann. In fact, he should receive an award for excellence in
medical care, not be put on leave because of computer work that can
be done by someone else. Have they ever heard of medical
October 14, 2011]
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