Pastors emphasize importance of keeping The MED's E.R. open - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pastors emphasize importance of keeping The MED's E.R. open

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Mid-South ministers are throwing their support behind keeping The MED open.

Wednesday, Memphis Pastor Keith Norman said solving the crisis at the MED is of key importance.

"Without The MED we're going to see a tremendous amount of people who will not be served, who will probably die as a result of not having healthcare," Norman said.

A group of Mid-South pastors have joined Norman in the fight to save The MED. With the hospital already warning it could downsize its emergency department in February 2010, Norman says he's concerned about the poor.  Norman believes cutting off access to healthcare will pose problems.

"We've seen a rise or increase in people who go looking for medicine or help paying for medicine or minor procedures who are asking for assistance," he said.

That's why Norman and other ministers are calling on community leaders and elected officials to get involved.

"There will be those who will say it's not a political issue," he said. "Whenever funds are being divided up for the good of humanity, it does involve politics."

According to Norman, a long term solution is needed to help sustain The MED. 

"Those who can help in the area of philanthropy: we need assistance in saving the MED and we need it to come from every aspect of our community," he said.

Norman's group plans to meet with state officials soon to talk about the future of The MED.

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