published Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

All religions deserve respect — and more letters to the editors

All religions deserve respect

Leave it to consummate Bible-thumper Clint Cooper to sully an otherwise excellent Free Press editorial in the Memorial Day edition of the paper. All is well until the first sentence of the last paragraph where he cannot resist invoking Judeo-Christian religiosity to the exclusion of all other beliefs.

Ironically, the sentence is an apparent attempt at inclusivity of gender and race, but the unnecessary inclusion of “Christians, Jews …” is a slap in the face of all the other veterans laid to rest at the National Cemetery, all of whom earned their place of honor equally to Christians and Jews.

There are 58 “Emblems of Belief” that can be placed on a veteran’s headstone or marker. No less than 20 of them represent various Christian denominations, which serves as a reminder that even people who claim the Bible to be the inerrant word of God cannot agree on what it says.

Jews have two symbols. Those who lie beneath the Christian and Jewish symbols are no better or worse than those under the other 30-plus symbols.

There is no better place than a secular national cemetery to demonstrate that all men are created equal. If Mr. Cooper wants to feel bigger during his visits to the cemetery, he should leave his prejudices at home.


Complaints about Memorial

Over the years I have had three surgeries at Memorial Hospital. These were all prior to 2010, and I was very satisfied with the care I received at the time. In fact, I praised the hospital to everyone and strongly suggested they use their services if required.

Recently, within the last several months, my wife had a hip replacement performed at Memorial, and her experience was quite different.

The operation went very well, but when she went into the care of the hospital, and its staff, the situation became worrisome. Not only were most of the nursing staff incompetent, but the medical doctors appear totally ineffective, if not dangerous. If we had not sought outside assistance ourselves, I feared for my wife’s well being.

It would appear that these people not only do not have the requisite medical acumen required for their position, but they also are unable to communicate the simplest information to concerned parties. I could never use, or recommend, the use of this hospital again under any circumstances.

These are just not my observations regarding the Memorial system, and its satellites, but is also felt by a number of people in the profession who use this facility.


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wallyworld said...

My mother just had the same experience 3 months ago. She had a ruptured appendix and had surgery that required major repairs to her colon. That all went well and THEN she was sent to her 'room', torture chamber she called it. I have never witnessed so many faux pas during any of her surgeries, and she's had several in her long life. She always thought Memorial was the best place to get medical care, now she's convinced several of her friends and neighbors to not ever, ever go there, especially if you don't have someone who cares for you with you night and day.

June 10, 2014 at 6:19 a.m.

A recent hospital survey by Consumers Report listed four area hospitals.

Out of a possible perfect 100, the area hospitals rated as follows.

Memorial Health System 47, with low marks in surgery-adverse events, bloodstream infections, and drug information.

Skyridge Medical Center 44, with low marks in blood infections, avoiding readmissions, bloodstream infections and surgery-adverse events.

Parkridge Hospital System 39, with low marks in bloodstream infections, avoiding readmissions,, surgery adverse events, and drug information.

Erlanger Hospital System 31, with low marks in bloodstream infections, avoiding readmissions, surgery adverse events, and drug information.

The best hospitals in the country only scored 69.

With the massive amount of millions of dollars that go to these hospitals it's terrible to see Chattanooga area hospitals at or below average.

These safety ratings are disturbing at best and can prove deadly at worst.

My doctors do everything possible to keep their patients out of hospitals unless absolutely necessary and tell me if you must go to have your affairs in order with living wills, paid-up life insurance, and a rabbit's foot.

June 10, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.
sagoyewatha said...

I will pick Memorial everytime because I've been treated in the other hospitals and visited family and friends in the other hospitals, and they are all places I do not want to be. If you have a complaint about Memorial just contact the correct person and it will be cheerfully handled to your satisfaction. It will do you no good to whine to the media, everyone is used to that. By the way, why did you make that choice instead of handling it like an adult?

June 10, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.
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