Letters to the editor: June 17

June 17, 2014 

Ad misleading; Lexington hospital is not being sued

A recent issue of the Lexington Herald-Leader featured an advertisement from the law firm of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton soliciting clients for claims against St. Joseph Health System for unnecessary cardiac procedures including heart stents and pacemakers.

The advertisement refers to a recent Department of Justice settlement by St. Joseph Hospital London for $16.5 million.

The cardiology departments of the St. Joseph Hospitals in Lexington operate independent of the cardiology department in London and were in no manner involved in the activities leading to the DOJ settlement.

In fact, for the past two years St. Joseph Main Hospital has hired an outside review service to evaluate cases from all physicians performing cardiac procedures. These reviews have revealed no significant problem with appropriateness of coronary stents.

In my personal review of cases, all procedures received the highest rating of "appropriate." I challenge all physicians in procedure- oriented practices to subject themselves to similar review.

The advertisement refers to St. Joseph Health System and does not specifically refer to London. This misleads the reader into associating the cardiology practices in Lexington with the former practice in London.

The cardiologists practicing at St. Joseph in Lexington are the area leaders in quality cardiac care, technological advances and clinical research.

We refuse to sit quietly as our practice is being mischaracterized by a profit-seeking law firm.

Mike Schaeffer, M.D.


Department of Cardiovascular Services

St. Joseph Main Hospital


Less money in sports

Good for University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto. He is willing to buck the big sport's deep pockets and tell it like it is. We have put enough money into sports and not enough in other places where it's needed.

Maybe Capilouto and Mayor Jim Gray and their staffs would like to donate a portion of their large salaries to renovate Rupp. Renovate professors' incomes, dorms, school buildings and roads instead.

Sharon McGuire


City planning a farce

After reading the June 2 article about the widening of Leestown Road past New Circle Road, I have some concerns.

After living in Lexington for 60 years, I would like to know why — in the 21st century — it's so much more important to widen Leestown Road past New Circle Road when West Main Street is a one-lane road coming into and leaving the city?

Considering that every other route is more than one lane — for example, East Main Street, North and South Broadway, Newtown Pike and Nicholasville Road — it's obvious our city's planning is a farce.

Why has a traffic light not been placed at West Main Street and Price Road? The only light on West Main Street between Oliver Lewis Way and Forbes Road is at Buchanan Street.

Also, why isn't there a hospital north of Main Street or in the west end of Lexington? I assume citizens of the north and west ends of this city don't exist to citizens of the east and south ends.

Wasn't New Circle Road meant to be a limited-access highway? I have traveled highways from state to state, and I think North New Circle is the worst example of city planning I have ever seen.

Will West Main Street still be an old country road in 2114?

Len Vickers


Keller a great loss

I first met Justice James Keller in the summer of 2000, as a volunteer for his campaign to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

One afternoon in campaign headquarters, I was stuffing envelopes, and Keller and I began a conversation. He learned I had just graduated from the University of Kentucky and would be starting law school in the fall.

Immediately he told me I could be a summer law clerk for him after I finished my first year of law school. Without knowing anything about me, he provided me with an excellent opportunity to study and learn the law.

Three years later, in a Fayette County courtroom named after him, in a private swearing-in ceremony attended by my parents, Justice Keller gave me the oath and I officially became an attorney.

Years later, when I decided to run for office, he wrote a letter to the editor endorsing my candidacy, without me even asking. His kind words and support still touch me to this day. I was, and am, forever thankful for the learning experience, his friendship and support over the years. Kentucky has not only lost a great jurist but a truly great man.

Kungu Njuguna


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