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Asks Dr. Kottemann be reinstated

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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, compassionate care.

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

[Posted October 15, 2011]

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