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Washington Hospital’s response to protest and movie

By Matt Artz
Monday, August 25th, 2008 at 5:32 pm in Uncategorized.

What follows is a prepared statement hospital spokesman Chris Brown emailed to me. For info about today’s rally, scroll down to the next post.

Statement Concerning Today’s Rally

Robert Marth, former California Nurses Association representative to Washington Hospital and
not a Washington Hospital employee, has brought non-Washington Hospital employees together
for a rally in support of the efforts by Drs. Evelyn Li and Ramineni Rao to undermine the public’s confidence in Washington Hospital. Mr. Marth attempted to garner support from Washington Hospital nurses by providing misleading information to them that the rally would be focused on break issues.

To our knowledge, no Washington Hospital nurses participated in this rally.

In actuality the purpose of this rally appears to be to bring attention to a recently released movie called “Life for Sale” that is based on unfounded accusations. Dr. Li is the President of The Orb, a corporation which produced this so called documentary. The movie is fraudulent and falsely attacks Washington Hospital, its physicians and employees. The timing of the rally as well as the release of the Dr. Li funded movie is suspect.

The movie was released in May, but did not begin showing in Fremont until August 21, after Dr. Li had filed to run for a seat on the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors.

Finally, the Attorney General of the State of California on behalf of the Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Dr. Evelyn Li not only for unprofessional conduct through repeated negligent acts or omissions in regard to her treatment of multiple patients but also for unprofessional conduct through gross negligence pertaining to the care of a patient. The Attorney General of the State of California is seeking to revoke or suspend Dr. Li’s license to practice medicine. Dr. Li is no longer on staff at St. Rose and has had her privileges limited at Washington Hospital.

For publically available information about Dr. Evelyn Li’s allegations go to

 

http://www.mbc.ca.gov.

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  • Ramineni. V.Rao

    “Robert Marth, former California Nurses Association representative to Washington Hospital and
    not a Washington Hospital employee, has brought non-Washington Hospital employees together
    for a rally in support of the efforts by Drs. Evelyn Li and Ramineni Rao to undermine the public’s confidence in Washington Hospital”
    That is a false statement. I had no role in the decision of nurses to rally in front of hospital. I met them around 12PM on the day of the rally.
    I have trusted my life in emergency situations to the physicians and nurses in washington hospital. They have given excellent care second to none.
    I have no reason to undermine the public confidence of hospital where I worked for 25 years and where I send patients for healthcare needs . I have the highest respect and admiration for the physicians and nurses who work in that hospital.
    Washington Hospital is a public institution founded by group of local citizens with social mission.
    No individual can wrap himself or herself with the flag of institution to deflect criticism about the way they run the institution
    I have issues with administrative style of functioning including retaliation for bringing out patient safety issues
    These are the issues which electorate, Board of Trustees and governmental organisations to look carefully and come out with solutions.
    Physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators are guardians of public health and are accountable at all times . They should be able to undergo intense scrutiny at all times without taking it personally.
    Institutions are more important than individuals. It is important part of institutional culture in health care to adopt no retaliation policy against individuals who bring problems for resolution.

    I and other physicians are available for interview with Mr Artz if needed regarding the issue of retaliation.
    Dr Ramineni.V.Rao M.D.

  • http://www.LeapforPatientSafety.org Josephine cicchini

    I am a New Yorker, I am a patient(customer), I have viewed this excellent documentary (“Life for Sale”) and I am not afraid to tell the truth. I am not a healthcare professional and no one is paying me to lie about my employer(the hospital). My relation to a hospital is that I am the CUSTOMER(patient). I do not wish for a hospital administrator to have control over me and my doctor when it comes to my quality of care. Hospitals are the third party. If it were not for the patient(customer) to approach the doctor for care, the hospitals would not be making money. Since hospital administrators wish to have so much control over our quality of care and pressure doctors to follow their instructions or else get fired, then I declare as a customer/patient that hospital administrators be charged and liable for malpractice and relieve doctors of these actions. Please note that emergency room long-waits are the result of bad hospital administrator judgment, not the doctors, not the nurses, but the hospital administrators. We as patients/customers who have complained to hospital administrators regarding this bad practice, do not wish to pay for this poor quality of care any longer. Therefore, please consider adding your name and comment to the “Improvement in Quality of Patient Care Petition” http://www.petitiononline.com/patients/.

    jccicchi@yahoo.com
    http://www.LeapforPatientSafety.org
    646-244-5509