Don Chisholm MD: Doing health care right in Summit County |

Don Chisholm MD: Doing health care right in Summit County

Don Chisholm MD

The new wing of St. Anthony’s Hospital was recently opened for public inspection. This wonderful facility in our Summit County could be a metaphor for all that is right and good about American health care. As we inspected the latest and best in equipment it was easy to see the real success story for our local hospital was the women and men, professionals and volunteers, religious and non-religious who proudly and enthusiastically presented this remarkable facility. A few years ago it was a forest on the mountain.

St. Anthony’s is truly a continuing labor of love and the material expression of the Judeo-Christian belief that all human life is valuable and has been endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life in all ages and in all conditions. The reason for the existence of this hospital is to protect life with the best of science and care. Another example of the best care the world has ever known found right here in America. In my interest in medical care in many parts of the world, America is so unique in the scientific excellence and true care given freely by individuals. And America has done it without the totalitarian control of our lives and death by a central government. The freedom of the individual patient and caregiver to make the important life or death decisions (not the government) is the one all important and essential truth needed to keep American health care as good as science and the Judeo-Christian moral ethic can make our stay in God’s country.

We have had that freedom until now. Let’s keep it.

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