By Teri J. Wilson
September 15, 2010
Regarding Dr. Richey's letter, I will concede the point of the
takeover date, however, much has changed in the medical community
in the past 10-15 years. You have been here for quite a bit of
the changes, albeit you also work for Ketchikan General Hospital,
as does Marta Poore. And you didn't mention the takeover of Wilson
Clinic and the assimilation of Ketchikan Medical Clinic, which
did NOT occur in 1923.
I'm not quite sure what living on an island has to do with anything,
the quality of doctors in this town is mixed, leaning toward
the unknowlegdable and downright dangerous.
I know of someone whose husband was killed by KGH a couple of
years ago when he was administered a drug to which he was allergic.
It was in his medical file that he had this allergy, but either
no one read it or it was ignored.
I am very fortunate that I have the intelligence to know when
something isn't right, and the ability to research when I don't
have the knowledge at hand. Since living in Alaska for 30 years
my medical knowledge has increased to a degree that I can and
do pay close attention to what is being done for myself, and
my child/friend/neighbor. Not everyone in town is so fortunate,
and mistakes are and have been made that have, I allege, killed
patients or put their lives seriously at risk. And, when KGH
hires someone who is actually worthwhile, they don't keep them,
particularly when they are at all critical of procedures done
at KGH and its clinics.
I realize that doctors are human and as such are not perfect;
however, the oath you take as a doctor is first to do no harm.
A swolen ego is as much to blame in these cases as a lack of
proper method. As a doctor, you must be held to a higher standard
because lives are in your hands. There isn't any room for egotism,
nor is there room for the lackluster attitudes I have experienced.
I might add, too, that it does not sit well with me or any intelligent
indivudal when a representative of your hospital goes after another
caregiver in town, particularly with the hospital's record. Did
you speak of glass houses?!?
Teri J. Wilson
Received September 01, 2010
- Published September 15, 2010
Praising KGH; A Double Standard? By Karl Richey, MD
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