To the editor:
Since Partners for Addison Gilbert Hospital started back in 1996, Alan Sager Ph.D. of the Boston University School of Public Health has helped us understand the political and economic forces which threaten AGH.
Over 30 years, Dr. Sager has researched and reported on why and where hospitals close and the impact on communities left without their hospitals and locally accessible care. His work has also focused on how the deregulation of insurers’ payments to hospitals and other health providers has resulted in diminished quality and access to health care services at higher cost.
Alan Sager will be in Gloucester to speak to the people of Cape Ann on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library on Dale Avenue, Gloucester.
The title of his presentation is “Save Addison Gilbert — the Right Hospital in the Right Place.”
Everyone should come. The discussion will be lively.
Alan is a terrific, and often humorous, teacher. His courses at BU School of Public Health have won 12 awards and he received the school’s teaching prize in 1998.
Dr. Sager provides the facts, figures and analysis that citizens need to protect our lives and our health from those who often seem more inclined to run even “nonprofit” hospitals and other services like corporate empires and label patients as “consumers” or “revenue sources” rather than as human beings with very unique needs who seek diagnosis and care from dedicated professionals who devote their lives to mastering and practicing the art and science of healing individuals.
Please join us on Aug. 9. It is free, and everyone is welcome.
PEGGY O’MALLEY RN
Chairwoman, Partners for
Addison Gilbert Hospital