Originally created 12/25/05

Fragile patients must come first



After reading "Finding a place to heal" in the Dec. 17 Augusta Chronicle, I agree with Sister Fran Voivedich: "They, in essence, don't want to spend $150" - "they" being Medical College of Georgia and University hospitals, and the $150 being the per-patient daily charge to hospitals for using the Good Samaritan Respite Center on Broad Street. (Editor's note: Homeless advocates say hospitals are avoiding the cost of the respite center by sending recovering patients to the Salvation Army.)

Question: How many staff members at these fine hospitals would appreciate being dropped off at the Salvation Army at this time of year, without a coat or shoes, as patient Rufus Bush was?

Mr. Bush was evidently not "medically stable," as certified by an MCG doctor, or he would not be recuperating now at the Good Samaritan Respite Center. He should have been sent to the respite center in the first place, instead of the Salvation Army.

I hope this doesn't happen again - and that the Augusta medical profession won't place money before patients.

William Getha, Evans