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To the editor:
I want to comment on the
letter posted Oct. 13 from Bonnie Frawley.
In regard to Dr. Kottemann being placed on a leave of absence:
I find the treatment of this loyal doctor of over 30 years by
Family Medical Center appalling. The lack of concern for Dr.
Kottemann and the patients he serves reveals a callous nature in
this organization. My family and I are Dr. Kottemann's patients, but
Family Medical Center did not make any effort to notify us of this
change in Dr. Kottemann's status. Not until this reached the local
newspaper did I and my family discover that Dr. Kottemann was
unavailable for appointments. We called for an appointment and found
out that Dr. Kottemann was on "medical leave." We were concerned for
Dr. Kottemann's health, only to discover this was not health-related
at all. We obviously did not receive a truthful response to our
inquiry. Additionally, my wife was told that they hoped he would be
back by mid-October.
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Indeed I hope Dr. Kottemann does return, but what a public
relations disaster. The lack of patient consideration as well as the
communication to the public seems to point to serious damage to the
community trust by Family Medical Center with these decisions. I
would like my family to enjoy a secure relationship with their
health care provider; however, this organization continues to show
they value the financial aspects more than considerate,
My family and I only use Family Medical Center because Dr.
Kottemann is on staff. I respectfully ask that the board of Family
Medical Center reconsider this decision and reinstate Dr. Kottemann.
Perhaps the FMC organization could then begin to repair their
damaged reputation within the community.
Jeff and Pam Johnson
October 15, 2011]
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