Friday, April 13, 2012
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The shocking and senseless corporate take over of cardiac services ("Heart trouble?" April 8, 1A) renders me speechless. Dr. Lanny Lesser and associates have provided tireless excellence in coronary care for more than 30 years.
I have been very fortunate and blessed to call Dr. Lesser my great friend and colleague since meeting him in 1979. He personally set the tone and temperament of a "young" growing Gwinnett County medical environment. Patient care, not time spent or reimbursement allotted, was and is his creed.
This HCA blunder will be felt immediately and patient care will undoubtedly be adversely affected. I can assure all that no one will be available from Piedmont Hospital at 5 a.m. when cardiac services are urgently needed.
This "money grab" for angioplasty and open heart surgery stems from corporate medicine replacing community physicians. These "old" docs will not fade away; they will infuse Gwinnett Medical Center with renewed energy and focus.
What a colossal blunder.
-- Bruce Branitz, M.D.