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12/6/2012 5:00:00 PM
Healthcare District Board authorizes CEO to issue RFPs to contract out transportation and surgical services

Marty Bachman

The evening after a Riverside County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against entering contracts for transportation and surgical services, the Palo Verde Healthcare District Board authorized CEO Peter Klune to issue requests for proposals (RFP) for both services.

Klune said the board discussed legal and patient safety issues with air transports, and the hospital had sought opinions from independent emergency room physicians and healthcare attorneys that identified legal compliance issues. He said the Nov. 28 requests for proposals seek to resolve the issues.

"By obtaining exclusive contract for patient air transport, it is hoped the hospital can eliminate those compliance issues that could lead to significant legal liability for the hospital," Klune said. "This resolution is subject to a temporary restraining order from the court obtained by the

medical staff and that the hospital will discuss with the medical staff. We await the court's decision on this matter on Dec. 13, 2012, which may change the outcome."

The board attorney, Bob Patterson of Best, Best and

Krieger, said that the board would not be violating the restraining order because the order requires only that hospital officials meet with the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) before approving any contract.

Board member Beatrice "Quitty" Pinon, who works for Blythe Ambulance, recused herself from the discussion and voting.

"The injunction that was obtained today prevented the hospital from entering into a contract for transportation without discussion from the medical staff," Patterson said. "What is submitted here is a resolution that starts a process to select an exclusive transportation provider that may ultimately conclude in a contract or it may not conclude in a contract. Either way, this injunction allows you to enter into a contract but you need to discuss it first with the medical staff."

Patterson said board approval of the resolution would not violate the court order.

"The court order doesn't prevent the board from entering into an exclusive transportation contract under any circumstances," Patterson said. "It just says that it has to be discussed with the medical staff. And the RFP process

would provide for that."

The board approved the resolution 3-1 with Board Member Sam Burton dissenting.

The board voted 4-1 to issue a request for proposals for an exclusive surgical services agreement. Burton, again, was the "no" vote. In both instances Burton moved to table both agenda items until the newly elected board members take their seats in December but both of his motions failed to garner a second.

Klune stated that the hospital administration had commissioned an expert study and concluded in the best interest of the hospital to seek an exclusive surgery group.

"All surgeons, including those practicing at the hospital, are welcome to submit proposals," Klune said, clarifying that the resolution was subject to the temporary restraining order the medical staff obtained.

Related Stories:
• Medical Staff drops lawsuit against hospital board
• Healthcare District Board votes 3-2 to fire CEO Peter Klune
• Sahlolbei sues hospital in federal court
• Hospital Board voids meeting citing Brown Act violations
• Former DA warns board members of potential conflicts
• TIMES EDITORIAL: Medical staff needs to take responsibility for failing grade

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Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: @@Euginea Webber

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Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: @Eugenia Webber

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: just me@just me

Talk all the bs you want there are a lot of others that know say fire the CEO I pray to keep him and fire Dr.Sahlolbei.When people fineally wake up and see where the problem stems from maybe some positive changes will happen .

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe's Entertainer U2CanBeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Does anyone think for a minute that the Palo Verde Valley Times will do a front page headline story on the Palo Verde Hospital being rated third worst Hospital in the United States? Seems like that would be cause for concern and is news worthy.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: @ just me

Mrs. Hudson spent money from the hospital one time at the fair. The other years she bought animals at the fair with money pooled together by the doctors. Get your facts straight! I bet she spent less than what the hospital spent on its little show and tell with the personal chef and food for 200 people. I almost forgot 400 people, since the refrigerator broke and they had to go buy much of the food again. Take a look at what they are spending every year on a Christmas party for the hospital. How about what Peter Klune is spending on his expense account? I for one would like to know how many fancy hotels and bottles of wine we have paid for. We pay double the going rate for a CEO and get on the 25 worst hospitals list. I say fire the man, give him his 477,000 dollars and get someone in there for half as much that will produce twice as much. I do not know any other job were you can loose millions of dollars, get on a worst hospital in the country list, and have the board want to give you more power and renew your contract for 4 years. The man really ought to save us the trouble and resign in utter disgrace. How can he look at himself in the mirror every day? Thats right, according to the PVVT the hospital is on the right track! He must read that everyday for a little pick me up. So maybe you should worry a little less about fair animals and a little more about the everyday going ons at the hospital. WOO-HOO #3!

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: just me@haaayea right@Eugina Webber

I agree with both of you.And the cancer you mentioned is now in stage four .The new board members plus Burton will let the cancer grow until it dies.Yes Hudson does spend big time at the fair.I am waiting for all these great changes to be made.But as long as the cancer is allowed to stay it won't happen.Every employee should feel proud to know they are employed at a facility ranked 3rd worst hospital in the US

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Haaa Yea Right

The paper got it wrong? Got what wrong? The paper reports on what happens, they have nothing to do with contracts, oh but wait your just trying to wrap up all your propaganda in one comment, Could you perhaps have a self serving motive? I noticed you didn't mention the other contract. Actually I 'm glad they're looking at bids for contracts, there is one person in the hospital who's been trying to run it for there own good for a while and it's time it stopped

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: (deleted) major sell out

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: PVVT got the story wrong again

They want to destroy a local company, Desert Air, and give a contract to a HELICOPTER program. Desert Air, last I knew had planes aka fixed wing. Studies have shown fixed wings to be safer and I for one want to support a company that is local, if at all possible. Don't you? Just asking.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Eugenia Webber

There is a cancer in the hospital that prevents any forward progress. It isn't the Board (old or new), the Aministration, or the staff. Until the people of Blythe recognize this cancer and take steps to eradicate it, the hospital will continue to take ten steps forward and twenty steps back. Evil prevails when good men do nothing.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Karma

Common Law: Any Conflict Is A Bad Conflict

Independent from the two statutes identified above, California courts have developed a body of case law that sets forth rules relating to conflicts of interest within public institutions. These common law principles generally require public officers to avoid placing themselves in a position in which personal interest may come into conflict with the official's duty to the public. Numerous cases and California Attorney General opinions hold that the conflict of interest statutes and common law are based on the truism that a person cannot serve two masters simultaneously and that the duties of public office demand the absolute loyalty and allegiance of the individual who holds the office.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: @ The Shadow knows what?

Sam Burton has his own reasons. They will be revealed soon. Do not be surprised if he has to recuse himself from votes concerning Dr. Sahlolbei.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Worst Hospital List

Can you believe it PVH makes the "25 Worst Hospitals in the U.S. Is Yours On the List?"

You do understand that the doctors are a very big part of what makes that hospital what it is.
It is time for Blythe to move forward!
Do not let Hudson, Sartin, Dr. S and the MEC hold you back from getting better care!

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Kelly Parker

Has anyone seen this article that lists the 25 Worst Hospitals?

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: The Shadow knows what?

Sam Burton was the guy on the board who had the most sense not Mrs. Pinon. I sat through the whole thing.

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