I would like to make you aware of a news report that is anticipated to be published this week in The Chronicle. The publication, a weekly, print-only newspaper in Charleston, has a predominantly African American audience and a circulation of about 6,000.
The paper is expected to print a letter that was sent to me about ten days ago by a group called the Tri-County Medical Society, an organization in Charleston composed of physicians who are African American. We are examining the matters addressed in the correspondence closely. Last week I met with Johnny Jordan, Andy Walker, Keith Waring and Denny Thomas to begin addressing the concerns.
Two of the issues in the letter may be based on matters that have previously been resolved. Those matters were related to the routine processes undertaken by the system that are required to ensure all doctors on active status with our facilities are practicing medicine properly.
As you know Roper St. Francis Healthcare is proud to be affiliated with and directly employ many excellent physicians of all races. We believe this letter does not accurately reflect the work we do as a system or the values we hold dear.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Kim Keelor, APR
Director Corporate Communications
Roper St. Francis Healthcare