Thursday, February 28, 2013
Since when does the profit motive take precedence over the public good?
We residents of the Del Webb Community in Summerville, an age 55 and over community of over 500 homes (with plans for 1,000) are in dire need of a local hospital facility.
The legal squabbling of Trident vs. Roper has stalemated any chance of a hospital being built by Roper on land they own at Carnes Crossing, Route 17A at State Road 176. It is our contention having heard presentations by representatives of both that the main reason for Trident's blockage of Roper’s plans is competition between for-profit health care organizations.
While Trident hangs up construction of the hospital, we seniors and the children of three schools operating currently in Cane Bay must travel distances to obtain emergency care. Serious conditions of heart attack and stroke, sports accidents and other immediate attention needs which need to be timely attended to save lives is sorely lacking.
We are advised that even if Trident loses its case against Roper Construction, we will not see a hospital facility built and operational for five years at least. This is totally unconscionable and an absolute shame on the legal, political and social levels here in the Lowcountry and especially in Berkeley County, which has no such facility.
It has been said that when the people speak somebody in power must listen. Hear us!
Arnold B. Rovner CLU, ChFC