to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To Whom it May Concern-
It is with great concern that I write this letter, as I just read of
Dr. Andrew Jonesí termination from St. Maryís Hospital and Clinics. I cannot
speak to the details of this, but I certainly can say that Dr. Jones was
a significant mentor to me, and a person that meant a lot to my family
We lived and worked in Cottonwood between 2005 and 2012. I worked as
a family doctor both in Cottonwood, Kamiah, and at the time also at the
St. Maryís Grangeville clinic. Dr. Jones was one of my biggest influences
there. He not only taught me a lot about the practice of medicine,
but also more about being a good person. Dr. Jones has strong beliefs,
and he stood up for them. He also genuinely cares about his patients,
and they always took priority over the administration.
In a day and age where doctors are often told what to do and how to
practice by both administrators and patients, Dr. Jones didnít tow that
line. He did things his own way, and his way was dictated by what
the patient needed. I always admired him for this quality and I am sad
to hear that his relationship with the hospital that he put his blood,
sweat, and tears into is over.
Andy, if you read this, we have you in our thoughts, and I hope you
are well. To all of Dr. Jonesí patients out there, donít worry a
bit. The St. Maryís providers were always like a family and they
take care of each other and their patients.
Jeremy Ostrander, M.D.
Regional Medical Officer
Department of State Foreign Service
Thank You Andy
We should thank Dr. Andy Jones for all the years he has provided excellent
medical care to the people in our area.
The primary concern of St. Maryís Hospital should be to provide the
best medical care possible to the people of our area. Getting rid of one
of the most dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled doctors weíve ever had
because of an internal squabble is not the way to do that. I donít know
all the issues that St. Maryís management had with Dr. Jones, but I believe
they could have been dealt with in some less drastic manner than getting
rid of him. St. Maryís needs to get their priorities straight and resolve
their internal problems in some fashion that doesnít have such negative
impacts to our communities and to their employees.
Andy, thank you for your dedicated service. You will be missed in a
big way by a whole lot of people.
To whom it may concern:
Dr. Andy Jones, we thank you for your many years of caring for this
community. We are appalled, saddened, and heartbroken over your dismissal.
This decision will affect our community and the surrounding area for years
to come and quite frankly makes us very angry.
Dr. Andy Jones came to Cottonwood decades ago to serve this community
and the surrounding area with medical care. He has unselfishly given his
time and abilities to care for people and helped build this hospitalís
fine reputation. The loss of Dr. Jones leaves a gaping hole in our community.
He has not only been a kind doctor, but also a kind person. His patients
were treated with compassion and kindness, not just like a number. For
him to be treated so cavalierly shows us that his patients were not a consideration
and will suffer as a result of this action. Patients have spent years cultivating
a trusting, caring relationship with Dr. Jones and have been cheated out
of their choice for medical care.
Once again, thank you Andy for being the fine person you are.
Jerry and Janet Richardson
Apparently, Dr. Andy Jones has been fired from St. May's Hospital and
Clinics. What a blow to the community. Surely whatever the problem was
could have been worked out in some other fashion. I have heard a lot of
Dr. stories from many people over the years but have never heard a bad
word about Dr. Jones. It has always been praise. Years ago an older friend
told me how Dr. Jones had stopped by her house just to check on her because
he was concerned.
Andy was my dad's doctor for many years. Dad was not easy to deal with
as a patient but Dr. Jones earned his confidence. Dad had utmost faith
in Andy and would listen and follow his instructions. I think he gave us
several more years with Dad than we would have had if Andy were not the
kind, caring, professional that he is.
Once Dad had an appointment with Dr. Jones in Kamiah. When he arrived
the clinic was swamped with emergencies. Dad asked the receptionist to
just reschedule him for later since his appointment was just a checkup
and went home. Later that evening Dr.Jones stopped by Dad's on his way
home from work. He thanked Dad for helping relieve the clinics jamb-up
and gave Dad his checkup at home! When was the last time you heard of a
Dr. making a house call?
When it became obvious that Dad was near the end, Dr. Jones sat down
with us and explained carefully what was happening and gave us our options.
As he spoke, there were tears in his eyes. It was obvious that he really
cared about Dad and us, his family.
I hope this change will end up being a positive thing for him and he
finds a new place to work where he can continue to help others as he has
done for all his patients here.I know many people will be upset at losing
him as their doctor. Thanks Andy. We wish you the best.
No. 151 - 3/12/2018
Last week our review started with the old saying, let's "cut to the
chase" folks! Meaning we are told "to get to the point without wasting
time." How about starting here with an equally old expression which
suggests "getting serious" about "where the rubber meets the road!"One
topic to get serious about is the basic cause of our huge national debt,
traced to huge benefits exceeding the taxes needed to pay! Here is where
"the rubber meets the road!"
And our inquiry so far has suggested that it boils down to a couple
of basic tendencies in all of us! First, that we are all somewhat
willing to take things for nothing when offered, and second, we are naturally
inclined to "do it our way" when faced with major decisions.
No time will be spent here attempting proof that our United States
today is deeply involved in the battle to limit government gifts, and grants,
and programs which make it very easy for many of us to get something we
are not prepared to pay for. I will immediately confess that I was
the beneficiary years ago of a National Science Foundation grant program
which paid me well to get a fifth year of math education at San Jose State
College during the school year 1964-1965, and a four year similar math
program sponsored by the same NSF which resulted in my receiving a master's
degree in math at Reed College in Portland during the summers of 1964,
'65, '66' and '68. The monthly stipend I received, tax free, was greater
than my teaching pay check at the time, was definitely something beyond
my ability to pay for at the time, and certainly did improve math classes
taught by me over the following decades!
So... not questioning the positive results that came from the program,
provided for teachers all across America at the time, nor to question the
hundreds of other government programs which have been and are available
at every level of society. Who has not benefitted from a government
program of some kind? Even hard-rock conservative Idaho receives
much more in government programs than the people of the state pay in taxes!
The point is, that the human tendency to accept more than we give is
a root cause of the huge debt accumulated by our government, and one which
will continue to grow until it all comes down like a house of cards....unless...our
national citizenry begins to understand the cause, and collectively decides
to do something about it! Does that not mean that a majority of us
must choose to pay our own way, and refuse benefits we are not paying for?
Can it happen?
But of even more concern should be the growing number of random killings
around our nation, the venomous hatred spewing from people seemingly everywhere,
the growing intolerance of people with differences of opinion, the ridicule
springing up ever where aimed at our current constitutionally elected president,
the hatred of religion, etc., etc. Is this not an obvious result
of the growing attitude found around us today, each of us wanting to "do
it my way?" How about the growing number of radicals here willing
to kill any who resist their religion? Is this not one example? How else
can you explain the growth of atheism in our country, or even the rampant
explosion of secularism here as well, defined as "a system that rejects
all forms of religious faith and worship." Even the growth of different
protestant religions from some 3000 in the mid 1990's to 25,000 or more
today suggests a growing desire to "do it my way!" And the New Age
movement around today in its simplest form comes close to preaching that
each of us can be our own god, and choose our own morality! Does
it not suggest that "Do it my way" is the real problem? Again we
ask a second time, is there any solution?
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