Excellent doctors are right here in Victoria

Editor, the Advocate:

I was upset by a letter to the editor from a patient who encouraged us to use a physician in San Antonio for arthroscopic surgery.

Ironically, I recruited that orthopedic surgeon to San Antonio, before I relocated to Victoria. When I became the CEO at DeTar Hospital, I recruited an orthopedic surgeon, from the same internationally known sports medicine program, to Victoria. His name is Jerry Followwill, MD.

For the sake of our future, we must choose our local physicians and surgeons. Here's why: If we choose surgeons in Houston or San Antonio, our Victoria physicians will not be able to make a living in Victoria.

If they leave, they will not be available at our emergency rooms to take care of you when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, or fall off a ladder. Drs. Breech, Daniel, Followwill, Shook and Wilson provide excellent orthopedic care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, right here in Victoria. We are trying to convince one more orthopedic surgeon to come to Victoria right now. Imagine when he reads that a Victorian wants us to go to San Antonio for our surgery.

We have excellent physicians and surgeons in Victoria. Let's use them, or they won't be here when we need them.

William R. Blanchard, Victoria