We fully recognize that the people of Lincoln and the
greater Logan County community look to Family Medical Center of
Lincoln to provide safe, high-quality care and to exercise concern
for our community, our patients, our employees and our physicians.
We understand this responsibility and embrace this obligation. We
are grateful to hold the community's trust, knowing that it requires
us to keep our community -- especially our patients -- informed and
to be a reliable source of health-related information.
Some matters, however, must be treated confidentially, and the
issues surrounding Steven Kottemann, M.D., and his medical practice
with Family Medical Center of Lincoln are such an instance. We
believe all in our community will respect that, because privacy and
confidentiality are elements of many workplaces and activities.
Some in the community have recently alleged that Dr. Kottemann is
somehow being treated unfairly at Family Medical Center of Lincoln.
Because this "public relations" campaign is not based on all of the
facts, it is very one-sided. For now, it must remain so, as
physicians and staff of Family Medical Center of Lincoln and
Memorial Health System will honor our confidentiality obligation.
Recognizing the nature of this situation, we want to assure all
of several very important facts:
First, and most important, the current issues surrounding Dr.
Kottemann should not cause you to question the safe, high-quality
care you have received at the Family Medical Center of Lincoln, or
any other Memorial Health System facilities, in the past or that you
will receive in the future.
Second, despite all of the negative and inaccurate information
being disseminated about us, Family Medical Center of Lincoln and
Memorial Health System will continue to serve the community in line
with our mission to improve the health of the people and communities
we serve. We will never compromise our focus on safe, high-quality
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Finally, regarding concerns for Dr. Kottemann, please be assured
that medical and administrative leadership of Family Medical Center
of Lincoln and Memorial Health System have devoted many hours to
this matter. None of us takes this responsibility lightly. We have
acted in good faith and in accordance with our procedures. We will
continue to do so.
For additional perspective on this matter, you may view some
additional comments from me on behalf of Family Medical Center of
Lincoln. You can access my message at
Paul Kasa, M.D.
Medical Director, Family Medical Center of Lincoln
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