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Local doctors not in the loop?

Posted: March 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

For years, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has been trying to recover from previous administrations who had tarnished the reputation and functions of a most important trusted and vital segment of our community.

This hospital in spirit and use really belongs to the people. It is administered by a hospital board, quality monitored and advised by doctors who live and practice within the community.

Things have changed in recent years. A large realty company seems to have assumed too much influence within the hospital’s decisions.

In The Signal’s Feb. 25 issue (“Doctors’ influence at heart of hospital struggle”), I read, “the hospital’s Governance Committee recommended ... (to) eliminate the ... board position held by the deputy chief of staff ... making the deputy chief of staff a valued adviser ..., but not a voting member.”

Another article in Friday’s edition (“Former AMA president named to board”) mentions that a doctor with credentials from the 1990s had been named to join the board. I did not read of Dr. Richard Conlin having any local and recent connections within the Santa Clarita area.

Have our valued medical professionals such as Dr. Frank Yusuf, Dr. Gene Dorio and others who care for our health decisions been kept out of the hospital loop?

Where is the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center now that we seem to need it?


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