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ktaylor



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:42 am 
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Gone is the Island dentist Wendy White. Here is how the BIRHC is helping the residents of Beaver Island. Let us hope that the HC gets its act together and finds someone soon or the cost of seeing a dentist will skyrocket and become difficult.

"Mr. Widmayer,

Because I have received permission from our attorney to communicate with you directly, I am hereby notifying you that at our meeting today
the Health Center Board of Directors voted to extend Dr. White's rental of our dental space until October 7, at 5pm. At 5 pm the locks will be changed and Dr.White will no longer have access to the building or the contents of the space she now occupies. Under no circumstances including death in the family or illness will there be another extension.

The Board also voted to offer the sum of $1 to Dr. White for her dental furniture and equipment.

Our attorney will confirm this email next week.

Sincerely,

Connie Wojan, Board President" Sad Sad
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pam moxham



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:24 am 
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We can all (with prodding) be aware of the erosion of our beaches...why is it so difficult to be aware of the erosion of our health infrastructure..
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ian



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:54 am 
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Ken...What is the reason she is leaving? Is there a plan for a new dentist?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:55 am 
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This statement in Connie's letter to Wendy's Lawyer was not necessary. It only showed how heartless some people can be. Wendy's brother died recently and she was wanting to go to the funeral out west.

"Under no circumstances including death in the family or illness will there be another extension." Shocked Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:01 am 
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Ian. I only heard a part time resident might be there occasionally. but only on his terms. I would hope the BIRHC would elaborate, so Wendy's patients can make other arrangements. Wendy was never treated fairly or welcomed by staff and board from the very beginning. She was an excellent dentist and helped those that could not afford dental treatment a break.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:34 am 
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It is extremely difficult to provide professional medical services on Beaver Island of any kind, without taxpayer subsidy.

There is a lack of understanding by many on Beaver Island of what the sacrifices any professional makes to practice their profession on the island. Dr White sacrificed for many years to practice on the island.

This lack of understanding is evident in the response that is noted above.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:02 am 
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Ian: Here are the BIRHC board members. Maybe you can check with one of them. It is hard to believe that they all agreed to Connie's nasty letter, if she showed it to them. She might not have shared the letter as she did in the past to one I sent to the board.

Connie Wojan
Don Spencer
Maureen Turner
Diane McDonough
Jim Wojan
Denny Cook
Larry Kubic
Bill Johnson
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:18 pm 
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Wendy was mistreated from the start at the clinic. Everything there is provided for other medical people but they made her pay. A joke. An ongoing joke! Matters not how little it was intended to be an affront and most who knew about it knew that the insult was there. Another shameful act by pretty much the same group always! "The Clique"
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islandliving



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:13 pm 
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I would like to say a huge THANK YOU, to everyone involved with the Medical Center, the staff and the board of directors. It is, in my opinion, a great group of people, doing a very difficult job, in a remote place. They go above and beyond every day. The comments that are listed above are one side of a very long story. Let me just say NO ONE commenting here has all the facts...But slandering a group of people, that are here 24/7 for this island is shameful. Always the same group complaining, but not offering options for positive change...talk about a clique!

Tracey McCrumb
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sbsp



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:55 pm 
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Tracey or John -
Not all of the usual suspects have logged on yet but here comes one more. There are three sides to any controversial issue that is being discussed. Connie's and the board's side would be most welcome here to clarify what those posting may not understand. I think I speak for everyone posting here that we welcome and encourage the BIRHC's side. I think when you mention "slander" (oral) you really meant libel (written). It's hard to make a libel case when Ken's post was Connie's letter verbatim to Dr. White's lawyer. Now this part is my opinion based on the words in the letter. Connie's comment ("Under no circumstances including death in the family or illness will there be another extension"), following the death of Dr. White's brother was reprehensible, inappropriate, unnecessary and a personal offense of the lowest kind to Dr. White and the public she serves. Connie's letter could have simply stated that Dr. White's extension will not extend beyond 5 pm on October 7th. Her personal comments went far beyond the pale and were vindictive. Again, my opinion.
I welcome and await Connie's response, the board's response or any individual board member's response so that the public can have the BIRHC's facts to come to their own conclusion.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:08 pm 
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I'll pipe in with my 2 cents SO the Board voted to offer the sum of $1 to Dr. White for her dental furniture and equipment.

In what world is that not just a Slap in her face. I am quite sure there is thousands of dollars worth of equipment and offering one dollar.

all I can say is OMG
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:15 pm 
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The $1 offer was a personal affront to Dr. White by the board, simply adding insult to injury.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:17 pm 
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As for the comments that no one is offering any suggestions I thought I would pass on a few that I made:

Here are some of the recommendations I made when I was on the Rural Health Center Board of Directors

1. Conduct outreach and develop an information sharing relationship with rural health centers on Mackinaw Island, Drummond Island (I went as far as discussing this with the Director there), Madeline Island and Washington Island.

2. Switch to electronic medical records as to allow better information sharing especially in light of the doctors servicing the island being located remotely as to allow them immediate patient file access and to facilitate Beaver Island patients records transfer to other entities. I researched this and brought examples of systems to the Health Center Board.

3. Develop and certify a staff member of the rural health center to be able to run laboratory tests on Beaver Island to assure immediate results on ill patients when timing can be critical. I discussed this with a regional laboratory manager who services many small communities and offices in Northern Michigan and he said he would be willing to discuss this matter with medical center personnel.

4. Develop an organized call back system to assess patient response to therapy. At the time I made this suggestion there was no organized attempt to assess patient response.

5. Install an electronic message board out by the road to provide more island medical information in a timely manner. Improve promotion of wellness on this electronic board. I discussed this matter with a commercial sign company and had began talks to get special pricing for such a sign.

6. Develop a strategy to increase doctor presence on the island similar to what all the other above mentioned islands have. We have the least doctor days per month of any of the above mentioned rural health centers.

To my knowledge none of these reccomendations have been acted upon. I also shared many strategies that I have developed through the experience of running numerous veterinary medical hospitals and clinics for over 37 years.
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islandliving



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:51 pm 
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Sorry Kirk, I should probably speak really slowly or type slowly...and should have said both slander and libel, as it has been both oral and written. But then, you do not have all of the facts.

I do appreciate all of your suggestions Jeff, definitely more helpful to ponder than vague comments, not based on any real facts. But as I look at those comments, I think money, money, money, and where does that come from?

And as I have seen these diatribes go on, without any real resolution, this is my last post.

Oh....this is Tracey


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:24 pm 
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John(Tracey): Those belonging to the Clique are taxpayers wanting the most bang for their bucks. My belief is that the taxes supporting the Health Center will not go down if we lose a dentist. This same "Clique" worked hard to expose the past St. James Township mishandling of funds amounting to over $100,000, which led to a decrease in services. We went without improvements until the taxes came in to pay for the loss. I know that John(Tracey) complained about high taxes to me and worked to get his lowered. Also I see that you had to reduce the price of your farm 50% ($400,000) . because the high taxes that go to a new owner might scare them off. The person that bought my first house is reselling it because of taxes. Everyone (taxpayers included) have a right to criticize a decision that affects them. Especially a public body.
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