Response to headline: "Hospital
fires temporary doctor"
By Patrick Branco, Lorrie Mortensen and Kate Vikstrom
May 04, 2007
In response to the Ketchikan Daily News headline: Hospital fires
The headline is inaccurate in that the hospital cannot fire
someone who is not our employee. Doctor Sellner is the employee
of a temporary agency; his contract with KGH was ended early.
In such a case the agency prefers to communicate with their employee
rather than have the hospital do so.
First and foremost, Ketchikan General Hospital makes staffing
decisions based on safety and the quality of care for our patients.
Though personnel information must remain confidential, the public
can be assured that patient care and safety is the primary motivation
for the staffing decisions we make.
In addition, when we are contacted by reporters and asked for
personnel information, and we respond that we cannot give personnel
information, that is not the same as saying we do not know
A plan to cover all OB/Gyn patient needs was in place by the
time Dr. Sellner left. That plan has been functioning well, with
each person who is a part of the plan stepping up to the plate
Patrick Branco, CEO
Lorrie Mortensen, VP Patient Care
Kate Vikstrom, Community Relations Specialist
Received May 04, 2007 - Published May 04, 2007
employees: Chief Executive Officer, Vice President for Patient
Care, and Community Relations Specialist"
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Hospital fires temporary doctor - Ketchikan General Hospital Monday
fired its interim obstetrician/gynecologist a week before the
new OB/GYN was scheduled to arrive in town. - Read
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