KXLH is reporting that patients seeing doctors at the Helena Physician’s Clinic who need to go to the hospital will not be able to use their doctor from the HPC. A letter from Drs. Brian Weitz and Jim Maher blames call coverage and the St. Peter’s hospitalist program for the decision.
I’m glad to see the story get covered; it’s long been rumored that doctors in Helena are dissatisfied with their relationship with St. Peters and a number have either left practice or moved to other communities as a result.
It will be interesting to see how this story gets covered in the Independent Record, which has written a number of glowing PR-style pieces about hospital expansion in the past couple of years.