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Stan the Man

United States

#1 Mar 23, 2011
Can anyone explain what they may know about the letters that are being mailed from the Marion Eye Center and the purchase of the Surgery Center in Marion?
Tricky Dick

Florence, AL

#2 Mar 25, 2011
Of course this is just hearsay but I have heard an attorney was trying to swindle the surgerycenter out from under marion eye center.Turns out it is the same attorney that bought P&S Grain and with in a few short years managed to close down a business that had been operating since the mid 1950's. I am only guessing but perhaps he sees an opportunity to close down another successful business in Marion?
Young At Heart

Dubuque, IA

#3 Mar 26, 2011
I think Mr. Osman owns all the land around the surgery center, that would make a nice TIF district for him. I have been blessed by with good vision but I wouldn't want Mr. Osman making any decisions associated with my eye care or anything else for that matter!
Matilda

United States

#4 Mar 27, 2011
I have talked with several people concerning this, as I received two separate letters from the marion eye center. It is my understanding that it was the marion eye center's owners intention to shut down the marion surgery center if the company would not sell to him, and had made mention that all of the employees at that facility would lose their jobs. The marion surgery center, I have come to find out is not owned by the marion eye center. They had only been utilizing the facility to perform some of their "same day surgeries." I also understand that their are several other physicians that use that center to do procedures. It is not Mr. Osman that intends to shut down marion eye center. The eye center is attempting to have a monopoly on eye care in southern illinois. I also know that patients from the marion area have been forced to travel to Mt. Vernon to have their surgeries done when they could have had them performed at this center in Marion. The eye centers owner built his own surgery center there in attempts to destroy the existing surgery center. This man that owns and operates the eye centers is trying to be the "walmart" of eye care and thus putting some of the smaller docs out of business. I was very displeased with my surgeon from the eye center and will not be going back. On the other hand, the care I received from the people at the marion surgery center was top notch. Those people are the victims in this. They sit and wait to see what their fate is going to be. Ron Osman is not trying to close any business. He is trying to keep that business open and expand this center. I may be old, but I'm not stupid. My son, who is an attorney in St. Louis did some investigating on this matter and was able to find this information out for me. I'm telling everyone I know the real facts on this case. I can only hope that others are intelligent enough to see what the marion eye center is trying to accomplish. Mr. Osman should be PRAISED for doing what he is doing to keep these jobs in the community.
Tricky Dick

Florence, AL

#5 Mar 27, 2011
Well this is very interesting. I looked into the purchase of P&S Grain. Turns out when the business was shut down, all the land owned by the P&S Grain LLC was put into a TIF district. This is the property on which Target was going to build a massive distribution center.
So in short, business bought, business goes defunct, business owner makes far more money selling the property than they could ever make by keeping the business in operation.
Unfortunately for P&S Grain LLC, the economy took a turn for the worse and Target backed out of the purchase.
Presently I understand property values in Marion are expected to rebound due to a large development coming into the region.
History will repeat itself.
Especially now that, as per the other post, I found out P&S Grain LLC owns all the property surrounding the surgey center.
Whomever believes this attorney is wanting to purchase the surgery center to benefit the people of S. Illinois must be in need of surgery themselves. BRAIN SURGERY!
Thomas J

United States

#6 Mar 27, 2011
My daughter woked for the eye center and quit because Ahmad treats his employess like scum, and she couldn't take it anymore. My wife and i gave our children a Christian background and they all have high morals and ethics. His beliefs and practices do not coincide with what she had been brought up to believe. Kudos to Mr. Osman for buying that business. Anyone that would put their faith or eyesight in the marion eye center's hands is lacking intelligent decision making skills.
Anti-Thomas

United States

#7 Mar 28, 2011
Thomas, you are a god damned idiot. Dr. Ahmad is not any worse than any other employer. He knows what needs to be done and time is of the most importance. He isnt your retarded religion. SO FUCKING WHAT! How many surgeries have you done for free? im going to guess a big goose egg. The marion Eye Center is Top Notch and know throughout the region.
WOEFULLY LET GO

United States

#8 Mar 28, 2011
I was a former employee of the Marion Surgery Center, and I lost my job due to the Marion Eye Center taking their cases and patients to the facility built in Mt. Vernon.Once the place was built, Dr. Ahmad took all the Drs up there and has consistantly told patients that he does not do surgery at the Marion Surgery Center any longer, even tho he has a 30% interest in the facility, and patients have a right, yes...A RIGHT, to choose what facility they choose to go to. But why go do surgery at a facility where he can only get 30%, when he can get 100% profit at a center he owns in Mt. Vernon? My aunt was told she HAD to go to Mt. Vernon! The letter is such bogus! It states that if it is sold to Mr. Osman, it will now be an "inconvenience to the patient"? How inconvenient is it to HAVE to go Mt. Vernon? "Travel outside the area"? Now, where is Mt. Vernon? "Patients will travel to the facility the doctors operates in"? He made or took all his drs. to Mt. Vernon. "Lack of retina services vitally needed in the area"? Once again, he took his drs. to Mt. Vernon. Oh, and they all have priveledges at the Marion Surgery Center also! "Unknown future of the surgery center"? If Dr. Ahmad is trying to monopolize all the business in Mt. Vernon, the only chance that Marion Surgery Center has is to have a new owner who will recruit new drs. to the facility. "Loss of jobs in our community"? Well, I and a dozen others lost our jobs last year which in turn results in a loss of revenue for the community. I have contacted my state representative about these ridiculous and imaginative letters the Marion Eye Center has generated. I plan on being at the public hearing to support the Surgery Center whole-heartedly! Kudos to Mr. Osman! Maybe I will get rehired when business picks up! And P.S......Anti-Thomas really needs anger management and soap in your potty mouth.
AJM

United States

#9 Mar 28, 2011
I received 2 letters from the Marion Eye Center also. I thought they were very unprofessional and sounded like a personal problem to me. It might have even been skating on slander, but I'm not an attorney. It was very immature writing to say that Mr. Osman "is not our friend." Is that personal, or is it just me?

Since: Mar 11

West Frankfort, IL

#10 Mar 28, 2011
Woefully let go. what were you doing to be let go? there are hundreds of people who are delighted with thier jobs at Marion Eye Centers. I am also an employer and I can tell you that it is rare when an employee is messing around on the job that they will take the blame. No they just pass the blame on to the employer.
it will do the medical community no good to have an attorney in charge of the surgery center. why does he want it...to line his pockets with more money. this is exactly what Ron Osman did with the grain store. He bought it, evyone thought he was going to run it....no! he closed it down. it completed his TIF parcel just as the land the Surgery Center is sitting on.

Since: Mar 11

West Frankfort, IL

#11 Mar 28, 2011
Mathilda, you're so wrong. Marion Eye Centers needs the Surgery Center to perform surgeries for their patients. what in the world do you think the lawyer is going to do with it. it finishes out his parcel of land so he can turn the whole shebang into a large parcel, sell it off and make a killing. then there will be no surgery center in the area.
as far as putting other docs out of business...where did you get that notion. there are many, many eye care outlets in the area.not as many eye surgeons.You do know the difference don't you?
Also owning a surgery center does not give anyone the ablility to recruit doctors to the area. they would have to be licensed and set up a practice.
I find it amazing you worked for the surgery center and know so little about it all or is it just baloney or sour grapes on your part.
Lost Job-No Insurance

Marion, IL

#12 Mar 28, 2011
pork pie wrote:
Woefully let go. what were you doing to be let go? there are hundreds of people who are delighted with thier jobs at Marion Eye Centers. I am also an employer and I can tell you that it is rare when an employee is messing around on the job that they will take the blame. No they just pass the blame on to the employer.
it will do the medical community no good to have an attorney in charge of the surgery center. why does he want it...to line his pockets with more money. this is exactly what Ron Osman did with the grain store. He bought it, evyone thought he was going to run it....no! he closed it down. it completed his TIF parcel just as the land the Surgery Center is sitting on.
Hey Pork, read the post from Woefully again! Woefully did not state that he/she worked for Marion Eye Center. I am one of the others that lost my job at the surgery center. No one was let go for any other reason than the fact that there was a signifcant drop in case volume. The only reason for the decline is that Dr. Ahmad went from doing to days a week of surgery to zero in Marion and the other 3 surgeons that work for him were forced to give up their one day a week time slots as well. If people want the real truth, just ask some of us that are out of work. If Ron Osman does purchase the Surgery Center, Dr. Ahmad and the other surgeons from the Marion Eye Center still own their shares. Mr. Osman would be the general partner just as Surgical Care Affiliates is the general partner at the present time. There is more to this situation than Mr.Osman wanting to purchase land.
Proud God Lovin American

United States

#13 Mar 28, 2011
And the truth shall set us free!
NOT a friend

West Lafayette, IN

#14 Mar 28, 2011
Ron Osman's interest in buy the surgery center had nothing to do with running it into the ground and selling it, like some of you think. He bought it so Dr. Ahmad wouldn't be able to destroy more lives and more careers. He's going to allow different types of surgeries to be performed there, which will bring revenue into Marion and let the current employees KEEP their jobs instead of more people losing them. I have elderly relatives that are in their 80's that live closer to Marion and they are told they have no choice but to go to Mt. Vernon. Its absolutely ridiculous. He cares of no one but himself. His surgeries are done in such a manner that the patients feel like their being led thru like a herd of cattle. Pathetic. The letters that were sent out were extremely unprofessional and immature. I don't think Mr. Osman's goal in life is to be a friend of the Marion Eye Center. I'd like to know if he even has "friends" or if the people claiming to be his friends are just scared of him and his power to blackmail and run people out of town. This isn't the WILD WEST...the only thing the town of Marion isn't big enough for is Dr. Ahmad's huge ego and his huge greedy hands to match.
WOEFULLY LET GO

United States

#15 Mar 28, 2011
Dear Mr. Porky Pie, Yes, I guess I was a terrible employee, along with the other dozen employees that were let off when Dr. Ahmad took all his patients up to Mt. Vernon. Even tho we consistently had 100 percent patient satisfaction with corporate, I will take the blame. And please, why wouldn't a Dr be licensed and have privileges at an area hospital? You sound like you have a personal interest in this as I do!
NOT a friend

West Lafayette, IN

#16 Mar 28, 2011
I'd also be interested to know how many surgeries have been done for free by Dr. Ahmad...
Whos your daddy

Thermal, CA

#18 Mar 28, 2011
rip off artist
Eye Care Patient

Benton, IL

#20 Mar 29, 2011
As a second generation patient of the Marion Eye Center, a resident of Marion and a person who normally observes and forms my own opinion without depending on others to form it for me. I would like to share this...As I get older I understand more and more the need for doctors who I can depend on, doctors I can trust, doctors who can diagnoise my illness without spending my life savings. A doctor who will take what ever steps necessary to make sure that my health, comfort and well being are his first priority. A need for a doctor who is so focused on others needs that he spends his life giving way more than he could ever get in return. I found this doctor 23 years ago while he was treating my father. A doctor that I can count on, my parents can count on and someone my children can count on. Dr Ahmad is that doctor.
John P Smith

Benton, IL

#21 Mar 29, 2011
Everyone needs to grow up. Dr. Ahmad is trying to improve eye care in Southern Illinois by acquiring the surgery center in Marion. The acquisition would benefit everyone in Southern Illinois and will ensure that Southern Illinois has up to date, state of the art eye care for years to come. Everyone should stop reading into this issue so deep and start thinking about what is best for So. IL. Some day you all will need some type of eye surgery and you would be so lucky to have it preformed by the skilled hands of Dr. Ahmad....or any of the Marion Eye Center MD's for that matter.
Anonymous

Benton, IL

#22 Mar 29, 2011
WOEFULLY LET GO wrote:
I was a former employee of the Marion Surgery Center, and I lost my job due to the Marion Eye Center taking their cases and patients to the facility built in Mt. Vernon.Once the place was built, Dr. Ahmad took all the Drs up there and has consistantly told patients that he does not do surgery at the Marion Surgery Center any longer, even tho he has a 30% interest in the facility, and patients have a right, yes...A RIGHT, to choose what facility they choose to go to. But why go do surgery at a facility where he can only get 30%, when he can get 100% profit at a center he owns in Mt. Vernon? My aunt was told she HAD to go to Mt. Vernon! The letter is such bogus! It states that if it is sold to Mr. Osman, it will now be an "inconvenience to the patient"? How inconvenient is it to HAVE to go Mt. Vernon? "Travel outside the area"? Now, where is Mt. Vernon? "Patients will travel to the facility the doctors operates in"? He made or took all his drs. to Mt. Vernon. "Lack of retina services vitally needed in the area"? Once again, he took his drs. to Mt. Vernon. Oh, and they all have priveledges at the Marion Surgery Center also! "Unknown future of the surgery center"? If Dr. Ahmad is trying to monopolize all the business in Mt. Vernon, the only chance that Marion Surgery Center has is to have a new owner who will recruit new drs. to the facility. "Loss of jobs in our community"? Well, I and a dozen others lost our jobs last year which in turn results in a loss of revenue for the community. I have contacted my state representative about these ridiculous and imaginative letters the Marion Eye Center has generated. I plan on being at the public hearing to support the Surgery Center whole-heartedly! Kudos to Mr. Osman! Maybe I will get rehired when business picks up! And P.S......Anti-Thomas really needs anger management and soap in your potty mouth.
Ok, Woefully Let Go ... I am a patient of Dr. Ahmad's. I don't have health insurance of any kind. He has given me breaks to where I pay whatever I can afford. I don't know what Dr. Ahmad you worked for, but the Dr. Ahmad that I have as my eye doctor is a wonderful man. If it wasn't for him, today I would be blind. Shame on you for not telling the truth.

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