Letter: Save Our Healthcare is still going strong

Published 10:00 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

It has been over a year since we have started our journey to save this city’s health care. We have come a long way since then. We have rallied, lobbied, conducted fundraisers, attended countless meetings, written letters and emails, called politicians and visited health-related officials, including those at the state Capitol. I and several others have even learned how to tweet.

We are fortunate that Save Our Healthcare has the support of both city and county. There are many brilliant, determined and compassionate people working together to accomplish our goal to regain control of our health care.

A while ago, I made a sign for a rally that said “When Mayo gives us lemons let’s make lemonade.” In view of this positive attitude, I have chosen to view our situation differently. Have you ever heard the song “Unanswered Prayers”? I believe that in time we will come to appreciate the turn of events that started a year ago. Let us let go of the past and look to the future! Let’s appreciate what we have. Though it may not be what we would have chosen, it is done. In the meantime, we still have ER, clinic, same-day surgery, Health Reach and the cancer center. Mayo will provide med/surg here until 2019 and baby delivery until 2020. Soon, Mayo will add inpatient behavioral health to treat the mentally ill (mental illness is a disease like cancer or diabetes are diseases). Those affected are desperate to just live a normal life, and with proper care there is much hope.

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We are now in the first phase with the consulting firm that will guide us in restoring our lost services. We have had many calls from potential providers interested in our endeavor. They recognize that at the intersection of two interstates lies a beautiful city with caring residents, a historic downtown, vibrant businesses, community theater, Family Y, historical museum, airport and thriving educational institutions. They see a Blue Zones community with walking trails, bike trails, parks, gorgeous lakes, nursing homes, beautiful assisted living centers and much more. We have a unique city with so much to be proud of. We are committed to regain control of our health care and restore our ancestors legacy of having our own care in Albert Lea.

You are always welcome to come to our Sunday meetings at 6 p.m. at the American Legion (first and third of the month). We will answer your questions, or you can just sit and listen. We welcome suggestions and opinions, but remember that you are an important part of our success.

Merilynn (Mimi) Linde

Albert Lea