LETTERS: Medical services shouldn't be treated as 'money grab'

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.



kevin 3 years, 5 months ago

Forgot to mention that HCA was the company that back in the 90's was investigated and charges during the time they were buying up every hospital in the country they could get their hands on. I believe the CEO and other top officials even served jail time for what they did wrongly.


ssilover1 3 years, 5 months ago

Our family is furious about the decision of Eastside to exclude Gwinnett Cardiology from its participating physicians. While I am not an igonorant person, I cannot imagine this is a smart "financial" move. A cardiology group that has served our community for 20+ years quite successfully should not be forced to leave Eastside and only serve us at Gwinnett Medical. No offense intended to Gwinnett Med., but we live 4 minutes from Eastside. Why should we be forced to by pass Eastside that always served us well for traveling 15 min to GMC? All because of a "business decision"? That is the worst possible reason to families who deal with serious medical issues. And I want to point the finger to the management...not the hospital employees (nurses and doctors) who had no input. The CEO and COO have made a terrible step. But, isn't that what many CEOs do? They mess up a company and in two to three years go somewhere else to do the same thing...


news2me 3 years, 5 months ago

Let not forget that insurance companies often have a biggest say-so as to what happens when things like this occur. Things can change in a split second and on a dime when insurance companies get involved with the financial end of healthcare.


ke9857 3 years, 5 months ago

I am extremely happy to hear the news that Gwinnett Consultants In Cardiology is no longer permitted to treat ER or admitted patients...My husband was under their care and one particular doctor from their practice unfortunately was assigned to my husband....the treatment he received was deplorable. I applaud Eastside for their decision, i do not want another family to experience what my family experienced...it was so bad , i demanded to have another cardiology group take over his care....Hopefully Piedmont Cardiology will prove to be better....


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