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Hospital Provides Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic


January 26, 2007
Friday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - With the departure of obstetrics and gynecology specialist Donna Smith, MD, and the loss of Southeast OB/Gyn's clinic space, Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) has provided an OB/Gyn clinic and locum (temporary) physicians, until permanent facilities are once again established.

The new clinic opened January 2nd on the second floor of the hospital, just steps away from the New Beginnings Birthing Center. John Varallo, MD, has provided services throughout January. Quang Nguyen, MD comes on board January 26th through February 15th. On February 12th, OB/Gyn specialist Sarah Archer, MD, arrives and will stay through April 30th. During the transition there will always be one or more OB/Gyn physician available.

Marta Poore, Certified Nurse Midwife, continues to be a source of continuity for patients. She will be on hand throughout the transitional months. The clinic's staff is made up of familiar faces as well.

Recruiting efforts on the part of KGH have attracted a strong physician candidate to fill a permanent position. Patrick Branco, hospital CEO, said, "Though not all the details are in place, we fully expect to be welcoming Dr. Ling Tung to our community as a permanent OB/Gyn provider sometime this spring."

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Ketchikan General


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