Mostly cloudy

28°F

Powell, WY

Mostly cloudy
Wind: SSE at 13 mph

Suspended local doctor resigns

‘Patient safety’ cited by PVHC

A doctor who was suspended last year due to “patient safety concerns” has resigned from Powell Valley Healthcare.

Dr. Jeff Hansen was placed on suspension Nov. 27 while the PVHC Medical Executive Committee investigated the matter, according to information previously provided by PVHC chief executive officer Bill Patten. Hansen did not return to his practice following his suspension; the exact date of his resignation was not disclosed.

In January, Patten said he couldn’t provide more information about the reason for the suspension. He said the issue could be forwarded to the PVHC Board for a fair hearing process, “a very detailed and specific series of steps that are taken to assure that Dr. Hansen has the opportunity to respond to any of the specific issues” and to respond to the Medical Executive Committee’s recommendation.”

If such a hearing took place, it happened during an executive session of the board that was closed to the public. Patten declined to answer other questions, citing the advice of the organization’s attorney, and Hansen could not be reached for comment.

Dr. William Jarvis continues to provide orthopedic care for patients at Powell Valley Healthcare.

Patten said last week that the board and Jarvis “would like to let the dust settle a bit before we recruit a second orthopedic surgeon.

“It’s good not to rush in, to take time to think about what makes sense,” he said.

Share this post on:

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

6 comments

  • posted by Barbara Ellis

    March 22, 2014 9:17 am

    As I recall PVHC rushed into hiring OB/GYN doctors to replace Dr. ELlis before he was even gone....the first doctor was hired to work with Dr. Ellis in his office while Dr. ELlis did not have the opportunity to even meet him. Too bad they did that as you will notice the large turnover of docs in that office since then and the decline of babies born in Powell because of their choices.

    Take your time PVHC, it is a very important selection process to everyone.

  • posted by Juniper Berry

    March 12, 2014 10:50 am

    "He's Bona fide". "He's a keeper".

  • posted by clipstein

    March 12, 2014 9:39 am

    yep and the show goes on and on

  • posted by Nice Nurse

    March 11, 2014 1:00 pm

    PVHC does have a"bone doctor" and a great one. Please read where it says Dr. Jarvis continues to provide orthopedic care

  • posted by Mike Wilson

    March 11, 2014 12:44 pm

    Another example of how WONDERFUL everything is at Powell Valley Healthcare!!!
    Lets give them more money!!

  • posted by Dewey

    March 11, 2014 10:10 am

    I'm not buying th assertion by Patten that PVHC should take it's time before recruiting a new orthopedic surgeon. Tha makes no sense, and certainly does no favors to anyone in need of orthopedic surgery or services locally. I would say that in and of itself is not dovetailing with the Hippocratic Oath too well...the " first , do no harm " clause.

    You cannot swing a 2x4 in Cody without hitting an orthopedic surgeon , it seems. ( Them that aren't off to their huge new Billings clinic and surgical theater for the day , that is ). Once a patient starts seeing a new or different doctor in another community , that patient might be lost to your community in addition to compounding their own situation with extra travel, etc.

    Why wait to recruit a new Bone Doc ? That's just plain counterintuitive. What then is the real reason for it?

Leave a comment

The Powell Tribune reserves the right to remove inappropriate comments.
Fields marked (*) are required.

Subscribe

Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!

E-Edition

Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top