I am writing to express my frustration with the continuing pressure being applied by Mid Coast Hospital to close Parkview Adventist Medical Center.  Since the consolidation of the Bath and Brunswick hospitals in the early 1990s, the administration of Mid Coast has expressed its goal to have a monopoly on health care in this area, and to eliminate any competition.  That may be the Wal-Mart way, but it is not the American way.  

Many of my neighbors and friends have fond memories of Parkview – they say “I was born there, and my children were born there” or tell of the care provided by the dedicated doctors and loving nurses who go a second mile to visit, spend time, and even pray with their patients. I see a lot of “Take me to Parkview” bumper stickers on cars around town, and think of the hundreds of lives that began at Parkview, or were extended by its emphasis on wellness and preventative medicine.  As a certain ad on TV put it, such services are “priceless.”

No one likes a bully, or someone who has to have all the marbles.  I personally am thankful for the “big, older brother” assistance of CMHC in offering its support to keep Parkview open and operating, and preventing Mid Coast from “beating up” Parkview in a merger that would ultimately force its closure.  Let’s continue to have a choice for health care in our community.

Tom Kohls

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