ICU needed in Roseburg VA
All I can say about the June 25 opinion letter titled “Will VA close inpatient care?” is that the writer nailed it with two words: ”systematically destroyed.”
When I started going to the VA Roseburg Health Care System in 1980 as an outpatient and volunteer, there were not only real wards with patients in Building 1, there was a complete nursing home care unit on the first floor of Building 2, with about 100 veterans living there.
Also on campus was an arts and crafts center and horticulture in a greenhouse for all the patients use. The nursing home was the first to go in the downsizing and outsourcing that followed. Replacing what the hospital was with a few housing units does not compare to what services were provided there.
This facility is now nothing more than a glorified outpatient clinic and the VA is more about image than medical care; too bad.
We, the vets, need an ICU! I visited a World War II friend there and another friend. Tell me we don’t need ICU and I’ll believe you.
I really liked Dr. Calhoun’s guest column and Doctor, I picked up a really heavy air conditioner. Thank you for your skills.