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Letter to the editor: We need to move on with the business of health care in Mitchell County

Dec 10, 2020 09:10AM ● By Kelly Ross, M.D.
In 1984 I became a member of the medical staff at the then Mitchell County Memorial Hospital.

Over the years, there has been a heated political battle or two. I can say with certainty that I have sent at least four letters of resignation in over issues that have come up. So it is something of a miracle that I am still working here 36 years later. I am quite certain that if it wasn’t for Dr. Haganman in the 1990s I would be long gone from here. 

Recently, a meeting of the medical staff was called to announce that Dr. Haganman had been relieved of his duties by our hospital board, administration and Mercy One administration because of things that have gone on for several years. It was a unanimous decision. At that meeting, the remaining medical staff members understood that the decision made was not made lightly and it was understood that there were going to be some negative repercussions. There were no arguments and we spent the rest of the time discussing how do we go on from here. 

For Dr. Haganman to come back onto the medical staff he will need to meet with the hospital board of trustees and make a case for himself. Short of that we need to move on with the business of health care in Mitchell County. 

Long ago I learned that on most issues it is best to ride the fence. On this issue, without more evidence, I will support our local hospital board. They have taken a lot of grief on this issue. There is a lot of misinformation going around (for 36 years). We need our hospital, and [our hospital] needs your support.

Kelly Ross, M.D.