I think maybe we should lighten up on Jim Duncan a bit here. He is the chief fundraiser for Deaconess. He does not set or enforce policy. His tireless work has helped Deaconess to become a major treatment center in this part of the country, no doubt saving the lives of people you know at sometime in the past, or quite possibly sometime in the future. I understand the anger directed towards Deaconess, but it should be directed at those that set policy, not a former Miles Citian just because he gets a paycheck from Deaconess. I am certain that if any part of this problem was under his control, Jim would have jumped thru hoops to resolve this issue.
More than one member of my family has been under the knife of Dr Rauh, so I have the utmost respect for his skills. My mother could have had her surgery done anywhere in this country, by any surgeon, and she chose Dr Rauh in Miles City. That speaks volumes to me.
I understand he was going to retire reasonably soon anyway, so is the anger because you were all forced to move your decision process up a few months? I know that womens issues will never be understood very well by most men, not because we don't care, but because we have different issues. Are you expecting Deaconess to move another very well qualified, kind and compassionate gyn to Miles City? That sounds reasonable to me, but where does one find another doctor with the same skill set as Dr Rauh, that is willing to move to Miles City? That I expect is no small task. What happened before Dr Rauh became your physician? Were you traveling to Billings for treatment? Or was there another physician here that just wasn't quite as skilled, in your opinion, as Dr Rauh? Is travel the bigger issue? Is it their apparent lack of communication with you? Maybe it's all of the above. Would any of this ever been an issue if Dr Rauh had quietly retired in November, without the suspension he is apparently dealing with now? Were you just blindsided by the suspension? Please know that I am just trying to understand the situation better. I am in no way trying to piss off all the women of Eastern Montana. I have fought my share of battles with the medical profession, both here in Bozeman, and in Seattle. But if every woman in Eastern Montana refuses to deal with Deaconess ever again, what is their incentive to even address this problem? Has anything been accomplished if you needed to find another caregiver in a few months anyway? Maybe one that is hundreds of miles away? Maybe your anger is 100% justified, and you don't expect it to change anything? Sometimes we just need to be angry. I don't know. Again, I am not judging at all, just trying to understand the rational behind the anger.
My own doctor here in Bozeman just retired a few weeks ago, and I too was a little stressed out about having to "train" another doctor. I got lucky, as his replacement is a young guy, under 40 certainly, that I respect and trust. He takes the time to listen to me, and I feel comfortable under his care. I sincerely hope that the women of Eastern Montana have the same good fortune I did in finding a new physician. A physician that they trust and respect as much as they obviously trusted and respected Dr Rauh. I truly mean that.