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March 11, 2014 7:34 am

Suspended local doctor resigns

Written by Ilene Olson

‘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.


  • Comment Link March 11, 2014 9:10 am posted by Dewey

    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?

  • Comment Link March 11, 2014 11:44 am posted by Mike Wilson

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

  • Comment Link March 11, 2014 12:00 pm posted by Nice Nurse

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

  • Comment Link March 12, 2014 8:39 am posted by clipstein

    yep and the show goes on and on

  • Comment Link March 12, 2014 9:50 am posted by Juniper Berry

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

  • Comment Link March 22, 2014 8:17 am posted by Barbara Ellis

    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.

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