Citizens Protest PIH Health Hospital – Downey’s Plan to Terminate Downey’s Hometown Emergency Doctors | Business Wire
to oppose controversial plans at the former Downey Regional Medical
Center (now known as PIH Health Hospital – Downey) to replace a group of
local doctors who have treated patients at its emergency room for nearly
30 years with a cheaper and less experienced emergency room physician
staff from a large national provider. Downey Citizens for Quality
Patient Care (),
is gathering signatures for a petition
asking that Brian Smolskis, the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer,
reverse his decision to terminate the group of local physicians. This
issue will also be discussed on Tuesday, July 28 at the Downey City
Council meeting (6:30 p.m., Downey City Hall Council Chambers, 11111
Brookshire Ave.). All concerned residents are encouraged to attend and
support our hometown doctors.
If not reversed, the termination will become effective on August 14th,
resulting in a significant reduction in the quality of care available to
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emergency room patients at PIH Health Hospital – Downey, the group says.
The controversial staffing move stems from the 2009 bankruptcy and
eventual sale of Downey Regional Medical Center to PIH Health. PIH
Health’s almost immediate cancellation of the contract in place with
Downey Acute Care Medical Group (DACMG), the hometown emergency room
physicians group. Several members of DACMG have been providing care at
the Downey emergency room for more than 30 years.
“It’s nearly impossible to overstate what a short-sighted and harmful
decision this is for the community,” said Dr. Jack Kennis, managing
partner of DACMG. “These doctors have treated our children. They
have quite literally saved the lives of members of our community. They
know Downey’s police, firemen and EMTs. They're part of the fabric of
this community. We can’t allow PIH Health to remove them in order to
cut their costs and bolster their profits at the expense of our
Downey Citizens for Quality Patient Care says that the termination of
the DACMG physicians is just one ill-advised component of a larger
cost-cutting plan that'll greatly reduce the quality of care at PIH
Health Hospital. The petition explains that the ER already routinely
operates at only 50 percent of its capacity due to an exodus of
experienced nurses under PIH Health’s ownership. This is in violation of
the Attorney General’s order that was a condition of PIH Health’s
purchase of the hospital out of bankruptcy. Has led not only to
longer patient wait times. To 12 percent of patients leaving the ER
without ever being seen, in contrast to 3 percent prior to PIH Health’s
takeover. Further, the physicians staffing PIH Health’s new-look ER will
be far less experienced than the seasoned professionals that DACMG has
had in place for many years.
“Right now, PIH Health is putting profits over patient care—it’s as
simple as that,” Dr. Kennis said. “They're removing a group of
physicians that's never had a malpractice claim against it, despite
seeing 55,000 patients each year. In their place, PIH Health is
recruiting doctors through online advertisements, who'll obviously be
less experienced and much cheaper than the high-quality staff currently
The Downey Citizens for Quality Patient Care website points out that
while the elimination of DACMG’s physicians is PIH Health’s most
egregious error, it's far from its only one. It notes that PIH Health
is also intent on completely stripping Downey’s identity from the
hospital. This has already included the removal of photographs of key
donors from the hospital’s foundation wall. An initiative to
re-brand the hospital as PIH Health Hospital – Whittier. The latter
ignores the fact that Whittier and Downey are separate communities.
seeks to leverage the relative affluence of the Whittier community.
About Downey Citizens for Quality Patient Care
Downey Citizens for Quality Patient Care is a community action group
dedicated to keeping quality healthcare local for the citizens of
Downey, California. For more information, visit our website at
downey4patientcare.com. Sign the petition here.
on behalf of Downey Citizens for Quality Patient Care
Jason Milch, 312-379-9406