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We can recall a time, not long ago, when Lutheran Health was respected and respectable because it was run by local professionals. The St. Joe Burn Center was properly verified, Dupont Hospital’s four-star status was never in question, and physicians like Dr. Kachmann were seen as partners, not merely expenses. Our community is fortunate that this standard still exists at Parkview Health, which uses “Not for Profit, All for You” as its slogan. While we believe for-profit hospitals can deliver equally good care at a competitive cost, the approach at Lutheran Health appears to be “For Profit, Not for You,” as new Lutheran Health CEO Michael Poore continues to allow relentless cost-cutting, staff reductions and deferred maintenance, as mandated by CHS.

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