Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
Dr. Jiwan is a caring, competent doctor
To the editor:
I was extremely sad and mystified when I learned that Dr. Raheel Jiwan was no longer at the Jefferson County Health Center Clinic. I have been a patient of his for almost two years, and feel he is a competent and caring doctor.
Many of us are dealing with serious health issues, and I feel he is doing an excellent job at diagnosing and treating his patients, both myself as well as a number of friends. I know of one case where he called a patient at home to check on them, because he was so concerned about their condition.
Because no one can or is willing to give us any answers, rumors are swirling. I can only assume it had nothing to do with his ability to properly diagnose and treat. I have yet to talk with anyone who was anything other than extremely pleased with the care he was providing.
If people go to the clinic to make an appointment and say they want to see a doctor rather than a nurse practitioner, this should be respected and accessible within a reasonable period of time.
I feel that patients of your clinic have a right to know why a doctor who was doing a good job at diagnosing and treating his patients, and who everyone loved, was let go. I am asking the board to have a meeting in a week or so, so we can ask questions and perhaps get some answers. I know that personnel issues are sensitive, but the public’s faith in the facility is in question at this time.
To remain mute on the issue only adds to the appearance of secrecy and allows rumors to grow.
Concerned about decision on Dr. Jiwan
On Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022, I was contacted by the Jefferson County Health Clinic (JCHC) that my Wednesday morning appointment with Dr. Raheel Jiwan had been canceled. When asked why, I was told he was no longer with JCHC.
I have been a patient of his for over two years, and I never had any indication that he was looking elsewhere. Also, I am confident that he would not abruptly leave without contacting his patients in advance.
With Dr. Buck’s retirement, it felt good to meet another physician who showed concern and interest in me and my personal care and safety. He was a very complete and thorough physician covering all bases when diagnosing my issues and exhausting all tests and procedures.
On numerous occasions, he told me to come in if needed, and advised me to go to a specialist as he wanted a second opinion. His bedside manner was exceptional!
I have contacted the JCHC Board expressing my concerns of a quality doctor being let go. If you, too, are concerned, please contact the JCHC Hospital Board and let them know of your concerns, too.
JCHC Board Members:
CEO Brian Hunger
Chairman Merlin Miller
Vice Chairman Greg Hanshaw
Secretary/Treasurer Joneane Parker
[Editor’s note: The Union reached out to JCHC for a comment regarding Dr. Jiwan’s employment. The health center responded with the following comment: “Dr. Raheel Jiwan is no longer providing patient care at Jefferson County Health Center. We are currently contacting patients and transitioning their care to other providers. We appreciate the community’s patience at this time.]
Respect our first responders
In reference to the local police department, sheriff’s office, fire department and ambulance service, I would like the public to know you guys lay your lives on the line every day.
I ask the public to give respect to these guys because someday they may save your life. If you give respect, you will get respect, and if it’s at a traffic stop, you will be treated fairly. Same as if an officer came to your house asking questions. Don’t lie to them, etc.
Fairfield, we can do this. Get behind your local departments. While we are sleeping at night, the officers are patrolling to keep us safe.
For the last 30 years, I have seen a lot, and I know one thing: these departments are doing an outstanding job! We have in Fairfield the right people at the helm. I give you all the highest respect. Thank you for your service.
Rod Smith, former police chief and deputy sheriff