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Letter: What's to improve?

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

What in the world is going on? Take a good look at the Delnor/Cadence property on Randall Road between Keslinger Road and Williamsburg Avenue in Geneva. The first new building is the cancer center, a much needed care facility. As you look beyond that, or as you drive through the Delnor property, you will notice the whole front entrance, parking lot and landscaping are completely gone or look changed. You will also notice a huge quantity of new landscape materials appear added to the rest of the property. Why is this extremely expansive project taking place? Is this to improve patient care? Delnor has a very fine reputation for excellent patient care. What's to improve?

On behalf of the many highly invested former donors to the reestablishment of Delnor Community Hospital on this property, what in the world IS going on? There was great pride in the beautiful brick, pillared, green-roofed buildings and the lovely vista shown in many promotional pieces. Unfortunately, they have been destroyed. And to what purpose, at what cost and for what end?

Has anyone seen a drawing for this project, either for the external layout or the internal redesign? Not only the general public, but the employees and volunteers don't know what's going on. The details of the Affordable Care Act will become effective within the year. For all of us who are concerned about the projected increased costs of health care, why is money being extravagantly spent on the "bricks and mortar" by a nonprofit entity, instead of being budgeted and reserved to cover real health care costs?

If for no other reason than to curb the gossip regarding Cadence, the whole community would like answers to these very perplexing questions. Also, what has dictated the need for Cadence, itself, as another layer of administrative costs in relation to the ACA and reimbursed funding?

Caryl Van Overmeiren

Geneva

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