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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Age issue?

October 2, 2013

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To the editor:

I have a few concerns that perhaps need to be clarified by those in charge at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. There have been two recent articles published by the Journal-World regarding the active recruitment of two medical specialties to the area, those being endocrinology and rheumatology. The physician recruiter, Sherri Vaughn, made the statement that there are no physicians in the area with these specialties. That was proven to not be a true statement.

In the second article, she qualified her first statement by adding “under the age of 60.” I am not sure if it was pointed out to her that she made a mistake or that she does not consider physicians at or near the magical age of 60 to be part of the medical community any longer. Do we no longer value education, experience, knowledge and expertise gained through years of practice? Especially in a field where one can not even begin to start to practice before more than a decade of education and training requirements are met?  

I think what is more disturbing is that the person making these statements is the one responsible for recruiting physicians to this area. Would I be wrong to believe, then, that she would not consider recruiting a new physician to this area that is of or near that age since she clearly dismisses or does not acknowledge those already here of that age?  

Comments

Bob Forer 1 year, 2 months ago

People don't live forever. Sometimes it can take years to recruit certain specialists to a community. I am sure many diabetics and other folks in the area who require an endocrinologist do not wish the hospital to wait until the doctor mentioned decides to retire before commencing their recruiting efforts. Also, I am sure the many Lawrencians who are in need of an endocrinologist prefer not having to travel all the way to Baldwin.

The letter writer, who obviously has a vested interest in the doctor's finances, needs to lighten up.

George_Braziller 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the point she was trying to make had to do with ageism and that doctors over 60 are being dismissed as not being a viable option just because of their chronological age.

Bob Forer 1 year, 2 months ago

I understand her point. I happen to disagree with her. There is absolutely no evidence that the hospital central administration is practicing ageism.

localbcresident 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the writer is a little jaded being as she is talking about her husband--the article had nothing to do with looking for someone younger--Dr. Vaughn was stating that both rheumatogist in the area are over the age of 60, and will be retiring in the next 7-10 years, she also stated that it takes a long time to find a specialist to fill a position, so why wait until we have no rheumatogist or endocrinologist and start looking now. With that being said, I think Dr. Rothschild is just down right nuts, and I seriously question his medical judgement. I would not send my worst enemy to him, as a matter of fact, I would not send my dog to see him!

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