Consider all your health-care options
To the editor:
The Meritus Medical Center gives residents of the Tri-State area a beautiful new building and basic health care. The old Washington County Hospital gave residents of the Tri-State area a beautiful old building and basic health care. Basic health care is a lifesaver for many in our community and we are fortunate to have a local facility that delivers it.
But whenever members of my family want a second opinion or desire more than basic health care, we travel to Baltimore. The University of Maryland School of Medicine and its clinical partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine are located in Baltimore.
America’s oldest public medical school, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was established in 1807. The University of Maryland Medical Center has an extensive website which includes: A free “Ask the Expert” feature that connects you with University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine physicians, who can answer questions on a wide variety of health-related topics; and, a “Make an Appointment” webpage which provides several convenient ways to make an appointment with a University of Maryland Medical Center provider.
Real world-famous medical centers such as the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine need to care for many patients in order to support the fantastic organizations that they have become.
These medical centers of excellence treat not only the very rare medical conditions and difficult to heal patients but also many patients who do not have rare diseases and do not require heroic efforts to cure. It is a symbiotic relationship because the medical centers need patients and the patients need treatments.
Please consider all your options when you need health care.
Take a pass on the fur coat
To the editor:
As a former fur-wearer, I hope that Miss Maryland Carlie Colella will take PETA up on its offer to put her donated fur coat to good use (“Miss Maryland mum on whether she’ll keep fur coat,” July 7).
After I learned that animals that are trapped for fur often chew off their own limbs in a desperate attempt to return to their babies and animals on fur farms are in some cases skinned alive, I decided to clear my conscience and my closet by donating my furs to PETA.
It was a great feeling knowing that my furs — the products of such suffering — could help alleviate suffering, by being used as bedding for orphaned wildlife or helping to keep women and children who are freezing in Afghanistan warm.
It’s too late to help the animals who suffered and died for Carlie Colella’s coat, but our new Miss Maryland can still take a stand for compassion by donating the coat so that it may help others.
Let’s also hope that the Miss Maryland pageant stops putting winners in this awkward position and turning animals into fashion victims, by making this the last time it gives away real furs.