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October 9, 2012

In Your Opinion: Attorney smeared Fox employees/Obama hasn’t shown enough transparency

Attorney smeared Fox employees

A recent story that appeared in The Daily Star “Fox Hospital Hit With $126M Verdict” (Oct. 3), contained numerous comments by an attorney that unfairly disparaged many of the hard-working men and women at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.

A.O. Fox, our community’s only hospital, has been providing quality care to our families for over 100 years and the dedicated staff deserve better than to be grossly mischaracterized by an out-of-town attorney who stands to gain a large financial windfall from the case, which is now under appeal. As someone that has worked at this institution for nearly 30 years, I can personally attest to the dedication and professionalism our staff.

The healthcare providers who come to work at A.O. Fox every day have one goal — to handle each and every one of the 100,000 patient visits we receive each year with professionalism and care. This institution is a vital part of our community and its health is important to the entire region.

As medical professionals and human beings, we have a deep empathy for everyone who has suffered health issues and certainly understand the role the courts play in making sure justice and fairness are achieved in our society.

However, there was nothing just or fair about the comments directed at our staff in the above-referenced article. Overblown dramatics may be part of how this attorney conducts himself in the courtroom in order to secure the largest verdict, but they should not be used to smear wide swaths of people who only want to make others healthy.

The men and women that work at A.O. Fox are caring, dedicated health care professionals and they deserve better.

Dr. Gerry Falco


Falco is the president of Otsego County Medical Society.


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