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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.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@I'm Confused. 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. That's what she voted for. I believe that she will have no vote or say on who to give the contract to.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: shaddow knows

To I'm Confused!
The article does state 4-1 But Ms. Pinon did not vote. She has always abstained from discussion and voting when ever the subject of transportation is on the table. I only hope that the new board members have enough ethics to remove themselves when dealing with issues of possible conflicts of interest.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Wake up Blythe

Already the takers of the community are posting their opposition to a good thing because it will expose them and eat into there greed. Sure some of them give to the community but some only give if they can get influence. Like donating to churches (more to come soon) and buying FFA animals with public funds.
Anyway Hudson was on the board when they took bids and put out an exclusive contract for the ER doctors, why is this any different?
Because it may affect her and/or her friend Dr. S.
Trina will be against it even thought will have an opportunity to bid?
Wake up Blythe they are trying to get you better care and just because it is a bid does not mean you take the less expensive but you take the one that will provide the best care.
There was a cheaper bid presented for the ER contract and it was not taken by the Board.!!!

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: I'm Confused...

One of the directors recused herself from discussion, but not the subsequent vote? That doesn't make sense. Is it an error on the part of the PV Times? Because why on earth would you be unable to participate in discussion, but then eligible to cast a vote on the issue?

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012

How quickly you forget. just one more of Jim carneys in your face moves. Glad he is gone!

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

It is about time. Now we will get safe care that will finally meet Governmental agency required standards. This should help reduce fraud and provide better care.

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