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Letter: St. Francis 'great place to work,' welcome in city

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From: Donna Reeves


Received: Feb. 11

I worked at Franciscan St. Francis from late 1998 when I moved to Columbus until I retired in August 2011. Previously working at the University of Michigan Health Center as a certified surgical technologist assisting in cardiovascular surgery, I wanted to continue in the same field upon moving to Indiana. St. Francis, in Beech Grove at the time, was the closest hospital where cardiovascular surgery was being performed.

It was truly a great place to work. I always knew that I was appreciated; the salary and benefits were good.

The health insurance provided was through the Franciscan plan. Although the cost was reasonable and the benefits generous, services were least expensive when utilizing FSF providers. In later years, that was the only choice given.

In order to use my health insurance, I was required to use FSF providers. Hence, my primary care physician, oncologist, orthopedic surgeon and physical therapists are all part of the St. Francis system. My mammography records are there also.

Now that I am covered by Medicare insurance, I see no reason to change since I am happy with the great care that I have always received. Those physicians know me, my health history and best treatment.

However, receiving those health services “close to home” would have been much more convenient. I checked each year to see if any FSF health care providers had been added in Columbus.

The closest FSF primary care physician was in Johnson County, so it actually was more convenient for me to see someone in Beech Grove or Indianapolis before or after work. I’m hoping that with the expansion of FSF services into Columbus, the Franciscan Advantage Medicare plan will also be expanded into Bartholomew County.

Currently there are a number of Bartholomew County residents who work for FSF. Having a FSF primary care physician available locally for their families will make their lives much easier. Rather than viewing FSF as an “unwanted rival” (Republic headline, Feb. 5), I’m sure they will join me in welcoming the new FSF practice to Columbus.

FSF is not the first health care group outside of CRH to come to Columbus. IU Health provides services to Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corp. employees at the BCSC Health Center on Doctors Park Drive. IU Health also provides cardiac surgeons for the CRH cardiovascular program.

Personally, I think the CRH administrators were caught off-guard by the FSF announcement about providing primary care services in Columbus and are miffed because they weren’t consulted first. I hope their overreaction doesn’t come back to haunt them.

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