Dosher testifies against two proposed ORs

On January 20, a crowd of more than 100 attended a state hearing on two Certificate of Need (CON) applications to open a free-standing operating room in Leland. Dosher spoke against the proposals because they would duplicate unnecessary resources in the county and would have a negative impact on Dosher Memorial Hospital and the patients of south Brunswick County.

Speaking for Dosher at the hearing at Brunswick Community College were President & CEO Tom Siemers, Board Chair Sherri Marshall, Board Secretary Joe Agovino, Dr. Jessica Bocook, Dr. Andre' Minor, Dr. Tom Holland, and Volunteer Ann Hollingsworth.

Dr. Jessica Bocook at the hearing.

Our key messages:

More than 800 area residents signed letter of opposition to the proposals (i.e., supporting our position).

Among these were 37 physicians and other medical providers and several elected officials.

Patient from Southport would have to drive more than 50 miles round trip for surgical services at either proposed location.

Patients from Calabash would have to drive more 90 miles round trip for such.

While the state facilities plan would allow 0.37 of an operating room both applicants expanded their proposals to the equivalent of three ORs.

A resident of Bald Head Island also spoke against the two proposals.

A decision on the applications is expected in April.

Twelve Dosher Volunteers at the CON hearing in January.


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