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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Dean J. Smith of the law firm Taylor Blessey in Los Angeles, said that due to the Healthcare District Board having rescinded all of the "illegal actions" of the old Board, the lawsuit had accomplished it objectives and there was no longer any need for the district or the hospital to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Last Tuesday night, a new board rescinded the plan to seek offers.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: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Aj McKay

All it will take in the future is a few financial reports that show consistent profits (any amounts) made by the hospital throughout the year to make all these articles and statements irrelevant. Even my own opinions wouldn't matter. And the hospital will do so. Not because I say but because history proves the financial situation has always been a roller coaster ride. The elections left people with a lot of bitterness and anger that just hasn't dissolved yet. Again, I'll say that although people want to keep bringing up the same names after these articles are released, there's more than that when it comes up to the hospital. The ones talking about people wanting to fill their pockets should look into what Registry Nurses get paid to work at PVH also. Probably never crossed a reader's mind because the same subject matter is mentioned repeatedly. Not any doctor or board member made those decisions. In time, and most likely sooner than we think, PVH will have the profit numbers to say, "We told you so." What then?

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

The Twins and the "Bishop" must be proud. I'll bet "Next Law Suit" is right on the money.

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

I am reading this in Palm Desert and I can smell the cow pie.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: just me@next law suit

You are so right that'a why he was out going door to door asking for votes. (deleted) but yet the board will rip the commuinty of the truth and drop the case..Or should I say the three blind mice will have it dropped.We have wolfs in sheeps clothing on the board.Oh well the beat goes on.

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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

"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."
Sure they will. The only thing they care about is their pockets!


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Next Law Suit

Sahlolbei is now going to expect his Board Sam Burton, Trina Satin and Sandra Hudson to drop the Fraud Suit against him even though there is a conflict of interest with them.
Sad day in Blythe.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Carrie Catt

Pheew!7


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