Competition

Nothing ensures the future of a business venture better than effectively meeting the needs of the people it seeks to serve. If we frame the discussion about Newton Medical Center building a clinic in Hillsboro and Marion County with that assumption, the emphasis of the debate shifts from ?insider/outsider? to a more introspective ?how are we doing at meeting the needs of our market.? When an enterprise is providing professional services and products, it?s future is relatively protected, all other issues being equal. When it isn?t, it is vulnerable to competition?which was the case when we started the Free Press 15 years ago, even though Hillsboro had an existing newspaper. We believe Hillsboro Community Hospital need not be threatened as long as its ownership is committed to investing the resources to ensure it remains a service leader in this community. ?DR

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