Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 10, 2012

Community Healthcare Debate

Community Healthcare Debate

GLASGOW — The healthcare debate is a hot issue everywhere, but local doctors are asking for the public's help in what they say is a healthcare environment in need of change.

“We want the community to feel comfortable with their hospital,” said Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley.

Walton-Shirley, a cardiologist, used to work with T.J. Samson Community Hospital and shares a practice with a doctor who still consults for the hospital. But in the last year and a half, she said the issues she and other physicians have noticed have gone unaddressed by hospital officials. She no longer admits patients to the hospital as of three months ago.

“I felt it would perhaps be an indicator that improvements were necessary and until the concerns we'd carried forward for several years were addressed, I could provide better service to my patients by staying in the office,” Walton-Shirley said. “Unfortunately, many patients who need hospitalization are requesting to go elsewhere until some objective evidence of improvements are made.”

Walton-Shirley and fellow physician Barret Lessenberry, an orthopedic surgeon, are anxious to see the public turnout to a forum they and other physicians have organized at Barren County High School's Auditorium on Aug. 20.

“I'm curious about the public interest in this topic,” Lessenberry said. “My hope is there is interest, and I think we're doing the people who run the hospital a service by giving them a forum to hear what the people have to say.”

For the whole story, see the print or e-edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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