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Sharing hospice concerns

June 17, 2014

To the editor: In the evening in the spring of 1983 I was called to our Marshall nursing home to see a patient about a medical condition....

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Jun-22-14 12:49 PM

It is no assumption that everything avera does is based on Catholicism. We are not all catholic and the "community" hospital should never have been sold to a "religious" organization.

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Jun-18-14 2:30 PM

Prairie Home Hospice is justifiably concerned about losing market share to Avera Marshall and Compassionate Care hospice programs. That is an understandable reaction. I don't believe Compassionate Care was brought in by anyone rather they are simply a business entering into the local market and offering what many patients/residents seem to feel is a good service at a good price. Will that continue long term? Who knows? I also believe Avera can choose to not contract with any vendor for what ever reason they choose. Maybe that is a smart business strategy for Avera since they are starting a hospice program of their own. Avera may consider contracting with all hospice providers for appearance sake. The best hospice provider should thrive.Prairie Home Hospice may focus less trying to compel local hospitals and nursing homes to contract and focus more on providing the best possible service at the best price. Competition is the American way is it not?

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Jun-18-14 12:21 AM

This situation is a little unfamiliar and needs clarification. It seems the hospital is not competing, but setting its own rules without regard for inclusion of the work of the present hospice in its plans. Important issue for our families. What are the possible ways this can be resolved?

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Jun-17-14 8:41 PM

Too many assumptions are made by Mr. Taintor for my liking.

Who says another hospice service in town won't provide as good of service or better service (at a competitive price) than our current hospice provider in town? Competition typically is a win for consumers, so why would this be so different?

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Jun-17-14 1:07 PM

Well said Dr. Taintor. This is an unfortunate situation and appears to lose sight of patient wishes.

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