Letters to the Editor
What a sad, sad example that Mayo is setting. First of all, I want to state that my vision of “Mayo” as a clinic is wonderful with many skilled and caring doctors and nurses and staff, just like our hospital /clinic was. So instead I need to say Mayo Administration is setting a bad example in putting profits before patients and to promote anguish and loss in our rural communities. I don’t think any of the medical professionals (Like the Mayo Brothers) went into their lines of work just to make tons of money, they have compassion and care for the patients, they do put patients first if they are allowed to. I feel that many people once they realize what is really happening here in Albert Lea will support us in our endeavors. How can a renowned clinic such as Mayo stoop so low to harm our beautiful city and hospital and rural communities by gutting our hospital as we knew it and Blind-siding us with this action with no prior discussion? We have seniors, people on fixed income, three large nursing homes, some residents with spouses and or families living nearby. Keeping this in mind, we embark on winter conditions which brings on more falls. Vehicle accidents, pneumonia and flu, increasing our need for a full service, acute care hospital to allow for inpatient hospitalizations. This is just unacceptable. This has rekindled my fire of fighting against what is happening. We at Save Our Hospital in Albert Lea will continue to fight and to accomplish our goal of not only keeping the legacy of Naeve hospital but setting an example for other small communities. What has happened to us will continue unless we put a stop to it.
We appreciate all who support us and are brave enough to come forward to show us your support!
Merilynn (Mimi) Linde
Albert Lea, MN
Are you concerned that healthcare services are being taken away from you in areas where you live? This seems to be a serious problem throughout our region. This is not the fault of Dr.’s, nurses, and all the excellent caregivers. You look no further than to Dr John Noseworthy, Dr. Jeffrey Bolton and anyone else in Mayo Health system’s leadership, who has control of the pocketbook, to see where the problem exists. It is profits over patients!
We are forming a coalition in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin to advocate for more local control of our rural healthcare services. To join this email list, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line.
We also invite you to our “Save Our Hospital-Albert Lea” Facebook page. We continue to strive for what is best for the people of our community- “a full-service acute-care hospital in Albert Lea Minnesota.”
We serve as Eucharistic ministers to our neighbors at St. John’s Nursing Home. In our attempt to lighten the residents load and bring faith and hope to them we find that our own faith and hope are renewed with each visit.
This past week a gracious and God loving friend, mentor, and humanitarian Irene Weber RN (currently a resident) quizzed us as to how the Save Our Hospital effort was coming. We shared the updates and she paused and said ‘It is all all about loving your neighbor, and we must take care of one another. That is the bottom line. Each person is as important as is his neighbor.’ She recited the golden rule.
Everyone deserves the best healthcare available and it doesn’t matter if you are a Saudi prince or the criminal lying in the gutter, Medicare/ Medicaid recipient, or the person fortunate enough to have private insurance. No life should be put in jeopardy because of greed.
And so, to Dr. Noseworthy and all of your constituents in this created medical disaster here in rural Minnesota please remember. That what matters to God is our love for our each other. Wealth, power, and status count for NOTHING in the kingdom of God.
Jim and LouAnn Stoen
Albert Lea, MN