The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

June 13, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-13 | A different side to accused doctor

JOHNSTOWN — There is a story being told of William Acosta, a neurologist, who had a long-term practice in Johnstown. This story is of an evil man involved in prescription drug overuse and tax fraud and who fled the country to avoid prosecution.

But this picture of Acosta, or “Doc” as his friends and patients called him, could not be further from the truth. Doc ran a free clinic for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For many years, my mother and my aunt, both MS patients, went to his clinic. Without this clinic, many MS patients in the area would have had no access to expensive neurological services or care.

When one of my closest friends was diagnosed again with a terminal brain tumor and was without health insurance, Doc saw him free of charge. While Doc agreed with my friend's previous diagnosis, that the tumor was inoperable and fatal, he encouraged my friend to live his life to his fullest and then spent additional time with him outside of his practice, mentoring him.

Doc did these things for no monetary gain – he was simply kind, generous and giving. Doc gave back to his community and touched many lives in his years of service here. I hope that others in the community recognize his contributions to our community, to the MS society, his patients and to individuals in need.

Acosta may have made some mistakes, but that does not take away from the years of service and good that he has done.

Dana Lynn Driscoll

Clarkston, Michigan, formerly of Salix

West End Lions Club was a great help

This letter is to thank William Neatrour and his team, the West End Lions Club, for coming out and supporting The Atrium during the fourth annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

This was The Atrium’s first participation in this big event, and we were able to exceed our goal of $5,000.

We also want to thank all of our staff and families who came out to walk with us. The funds we raised will go for recreational equipment for the residents.

Thank you, also, to Highmark for underwriting the costs and to the city of Johnstown for hosting this great event.

Paula Bracken

Johnstown

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