A Letter to the Editor in the Oct. 10-3-06 Tomahawk Leader:
To the Editor:
The news of the resignations of Dr. Dhimant Patel, oncologist, and Nancy Carl, RN, OCN, oncology physician assistant, is overwhelmingly heartbreaking, to say the least. The issues pertaining to such grave decisions must be quite serious and legitimate to drive such two completely dedicated physicians to terminate their positions. The issue my husband, Tom, and I have is personal.
Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stage four. Through word of mouth, acquaintances who have been treated for their cancer highly recommended Dr. Patel in Rhinelander. As it turned out, I was blessed with the best, the care of Dr. Patel, Nancy Carl, their nurses and staff. They assured me of Dr. Patel’s philosophy of treatment, a total management of care and team effort. Our family has experienced firsthand how the Beck Cancer Center is not only a profession to Dr. Patel and Nancy Carl, it is their lives. They are truly dedicated to the well-being of each patient, the care as well as the cure needed for each individual. My positive physical and psychological well-being during treatment and recovery is the result of such dedication.
Cancer is a devastating and definitive disease that affects the whole family. When entering the clinic, never once did we feel like we had to punch in a time card, rotating through an assembly line. We felt my overall health and wellbeing was their top priority. Our thanks go to Dr. Patel who developed such a nurturing environment through his unique and genuine concern, care, intelligence and ‘search for a cure’ for each patient. He truly carries out the motto, “Where Caring Makes the Connection.” A department such as this evolved and flourished only through his selflessness.
“Where Caring Makes the Connection” should also reflect on administrative concern for all Ministries’ health care providers. It seems only logical that their health and wellbeing should be of utmost importance so they are able to physically and mentally do their job to the best of their ability. Overworking and understaffing is not a way to increase quality productivity in any management. It is mind-boggling that a chain of administration can let such an incredible department of the hospital be jeopardized. In our opinion, this oncology unit has built stronger confidence by the community in Ministry Health Care/Saint Mary’s Hospital in general. Management smugly stated on Channel 12 news, “There won’t be a gap.” There’s already been a gap with understaffing, the resignation of Dr. Cheema, and now with two more resignations.
Voices need to be heard that can speak louder than financial motives and be heard above political gains. Maybe it’s only our silent prayers that will be the loudest voices of all. Consciences need to be touched.
Total respect will follow Dr. Patel and Nancy Carl wherever they go and whatever they choose to do because of the “quality of care” they demand for each individual. And they truly deserve such respect.
Ann and Tom Freude