November 9, 2013
To the editor:
I’m afraid that Union is about to drop the ball here. Wallace Thomson Hospital is in very bad shape financially and could actually close.
People don’t really believe that this could happen, because I don’t think there is anybody walking the streets of Union today who can remember when the hospital wasn’t here. Therefore it will always be here.
People thought the same thing about Union, Buffalo, Excelsior, Monarch and the other big, old mills. They had “always” been here.
Main Street had always been here as a place for people to shop, and always would be here. Who would know or care if you shop on the By-Pass or in Spartanburg and Greenville?
Well, Wallace Thomson is on life-support and is about to flat-line. It has lived as long as it can on Medicare and Medicaid patients and has even had quite a few patients whose Medicare or Medicaid didn’t even pay their whole bills. This situation cannot continue indefinitely.
Unless some paying patients actually show up, then we can kiss our hospital goodbye. It will join the long list of other institutions that Union USED to have.