Helena Physician’s Clinic and St. Peter’s Hospital

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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.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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