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Monday, March 2, 2009 Letter to the Editor of Daily Chronicle

Closing unit would be a disservice

To the editor:

I was so very grateful to see that two of our fine citizens, Barry Schrader and Ivan Williams, spoke out in protest against the closing of the Kishwaukee Hospital’s Mental Health Center, but where is everyone else? Doesn’t anyone care? In speaking to Michael Flora, the CEO of the Ben Gordon Center yesterday, he told me that 4,000 clients are currently being served, with 130 to 150 of those clients of Reality House.

These are adults, children, and families, of which we are one. They are your next door neighbor, the clerk in the store, a business man, a young mother, a high-school or college student momentarily overwhelmed with pressure.

They are everyone’s family and friends. Once in a while they may need a meds change, a quiet time to regroup and adjust.

I realize these beds are not filled all the time, thank goodness for modern medicine, but neither are the beds taken by cancer, heart, pneumonia patients, etc., filled all the time.

A few years ago our family member had a medical problem due to an accident, and was hospitalized for several days. It was determined that therapy was needed to strengthen their legs and become ambulatory again, and though our social-worker tried in vain, there was not one bed available to our patient for some simple therapy in all the local nursing homes she contacted. We were forced to drive to Loves Park. We are elderly parents and would strongly object to have to drive out of town in a mental health situation, when the community has just been presented with a state-of-the art multi-million dollar new hospital. That seems quite shameful, when a very good unit had operated in the previous hospital.

It would be a disservice to the many who worked so hard for years to bring this hospital to fruition, as well as to the 4,000 clients of our community who look to you for help when needed.
Gay White

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Barry Schrader
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