Health-care crisis?

Are we on the verge of a local health-care crisis?

What is going on with our health-care system in Marshall and Harrison County?

I am concerned that the many changes taking place at Christus Good Shepherd Hospital Marshall are putting the citizens of Marshall and Harrison County at risk for their overall health care.

The decision to close the maternity services at Good Shepherd places child-bearing mothers in the position of having to choose a city other than Marshall for the birth of their child.

It concerns me to know that a heart attack victim has to be transported to Longview or Shreveport for care.

It concerns me that health services such as acute care, the breast center, maternity services, etc. is not available at Good Shepherd Marshall.

Public health is a core value of any community and should be a priority service for Harrison County and Marshall citizens.

I am of the opinion that representatives of the Harrison County Commissioners Court and the Marshall City Commission should meet with the board of directors for Christus Good Shepherd Hospital district to draft a comprehensive plan to help keep health care available for the citizens of Harrison County, Marshall and East Texas.

— Leo Morris, Marshall