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1/26/2013 10:26:00 AM
Medical Staff drops lawsuit against hospital board

Marty Bachman


The Palo Verde Hospital medical staff, which sued the Palo Verde Healthcare District to stop them from contracting out surgical and transportation services, has dropped their lawsuit.

A statement issued by Medical Staff attorney Dean J. Smith of the law firm Taylor Blessey in Los Angeles, said that due to the Healthcare District Board having rescinded all of the "illegal actions" of the old Board, the lawsuit had accomplished it objectives and there was no longer any need for the district or the hospital to continue to incur legal expenses for its defense.

"The Medical Staff looks forward to a cooperative relationship with the new District Board and the new Administration," Smith said. "However, as it has always done, the Medical Staff will remain vigilant in its advocacy for better patient care, more efficient management and improved facilities and equipment at Palo Verde Hospital. ;Should the need arise again, this year, next year or any time in the future, the Medical Staff will not flinch from its responsibility to protect and promote the wellbeing of the citizens of Blythe and the patients at Palo Verde Hospital.

The medical staff sued and won a temporary restraining order (TRO) against then-Palo Verde Healthcare District Board of Directors President Jim Carney and board members Catalina McClain, Beatrice "Quitty" Pinon and Rosalie Carlton, preventing them from voting to contract out surgical and transportation services at a board meeting held Nov. 28.

The court complaint sought injunctive and declaratory relief from the district and board members, charging unfair competition, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

Despite the judge's issuance of the TRO, the Healthcare District board authorized Klune to issue requests for proposals for both services. At the time, board attorney Bob Patterson of Best, Best and Krieger, said that the board would not be violating the restraining order because the order required only that hospital officials meet with the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) before approving any contract.

Last Tuesday night, a new board rescinded the plan to seek offers.

The Healthcare District board's fraud lawsuit against hospital chief of staff, Dr. Hossain Sahlolbei, is still moving forward as is Sahlolbei's federal lawsuit against the hospital.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: @ AJ

Aj, how much money are you making staying on top of the rebuttal?

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: just me@Aj

Aj you don't know me, I am not a person easily intimidated.And I will stand on my feet when I have to.I was merely replying to you saying I couldn't read.And it so happen to come back and bite you in the blank and you didn't like it.Yes I won't deny my bitterness towards the hospital ,if the Times wouldn't delete, I would love the public to know they then might feel some of it.No I am not in the medical field .But I know several people that are and are currently working in the hospital and keep me pretty informed.So go have that carotid you will be able to think and feel better.don't you wish you could just wring my neck..Love you. hate me if you want to and love me if you can.bye now.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Tell Me true

All the people writing on here need to go to the PUBLIC meetings and address their concerns. And those who appear so informed, need to get the facts and let the rest of us see them. Oh, darn, you are counting on the Times. LMAO! The Hospital is broke and yet the sheep still do not see.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Aj McKay

@JUST ME I'll just say you are no different than most. Attack anyone in ways just because they do not agree or see things your way. Or simply just pick one person to have a conflict with when everyone misspells words daily on here. You can't take it and for some reason your bitter about the hospital. For all we know you work there or used to work there. Most of your statements include "I know for a fact." and you speak like someone in the medical field. If you are possibly someone that was fired from the hospital (I could be wrong) I'm glad they did because your attitude only justifies they made the right move. At the same time explains your views. Besides, who wouldn't be mad at their former employer? What does spelling have to do with anything? From reading your statements, you're supposed to leave a space after each "period" and start sentences with "capitalization" but yet you correct others spelling or grammar?

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

The Title of the story tells it all. Something is fishy in Denmark, Something not right here. Someone is in Cahoots with someone. If I was one of those (deleted). I would start blabbing about Conspiracies.

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: just me@phatom knows

You are right a lot of the local RNS were terminated in 2010 while hudson was on the board .(deleted)...The long time local nurses were on the road.but I forgot about the benifits and all .Thank you for you info.

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: just me@Aj

Bless your heart.I think you might be wise to have the awesome surgeon at the hospital clear your carotid there seems to be a blockage to your brain.I know what I read.But am wondering now if we are talking about the same doctor Brooks.In the first comment you spelled Brooks like this.Now in this comment you spell it like this Brookes.Is this the same doctor.or could it be you don't know how to spell like you feel I can't read.go join him with a joint he has a medical card for it .Be sure you get that carotid taken care of and if you should need to be transported Trina is ready for you.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Nice try "just me." There are lots of Registered Nurses in Blythe who left the hospital because of the rein of terror that is regularly heaped on the nurses there.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: @phantom nose

U only gave a part of why local nurses are not hired full time. A travel nurse works by contract. The salary is all the hospital has to pay. Local nurses have to be paid a salary plus medical and retirement benefits. In the long haul, the travel nurses are cheaper.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Aj McKay

@JUST ME I guess you don't read correctly. Dr Brookes has been my doctor for years. I never said we were best friends. It doesn't explain anything regarding my opinion of PVVT. I've stated repeatedly that I have nothing against PVVT other than biased reporting and lack of details that easily contradicts their opinion. I have also stated I have never got into any of Dr Brookes' business. He's my doctor and that's it. Assumptions like yours hold no weight whatsoever.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: @ Aj McKay

You poor soul. You keep forgetting history at PVH. The docs will now admit and do surgeries on all whom they can. Have you been asked to come in for your colonoscopy?
This behavior will show profit for a few months but not as long as the historical archives have proof of. We no longer have and will not have the numbers of prisoner or residents willing to be abused for their motives.
Then it will be back to business as usual.
POOR POOR BLYTHE!


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: just me@phantom nose

I can tell you why the hospital has registry nurses.Because most of the nurses are lVNS.That can by law only work certain areas of the hospital.The ER and ICU is not one of those areas.I know for fact, if they allow none registered nurses to work those areas they are violating the law. witch they have done in the past.By the way Aj you said in one of your comments that Dr.Brooks is your life long Dr.that explains why you are so againest pvvt.He is one of the mec Dr.so they all have your support RIGHT.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: just me@phantom nose

I can tell you why the hospital has registry nurses.Because most of the nurses are lVNS.That can by law only work certain areas of the hospital.The ER and ICU is not one of those areas.I know for fact, if they allow none registered nurses to work those areas they are violating the law. witch they have done in the past.By the way Aj you said in one of your comments that Dr.Brooks is your life long Dr.that explains why you are so againest pvvt.He is one of the mec Dr.so they all have your support RIGHT.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

A.J.: How come PVH has to use Registry Nurses? How many of the experienced nurses who live in Blythe have had to escape the toxic environment at PVH?

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

After I got rid of the stink from this, I read it again, and I went into hysterics "The Medical Staff...cooperative relationship...with new administration." LOL And then, where my wretching began, "...as it has always done, the Medical Staff will remain vigilant in its advocacy for better patient care, more efficient management, and improved facilities and equipment..." HaHahahaha. Actually, that whole paragraph is really a doozy of (deleted). It's "lawyer" talk designed to make them appear as "saints". What fiction!

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