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Doctors departing NCH? Care concerns at the Naples-area hospitals grow

Naples Daily News | Liz Freeman | Jan. 5, 2019

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Half a dozen specialized radiologists at the NCH Healthcare System have left or given notice, which could create gaps in services for patients and affect the quality of care, according to a former fundraiser for the nonprofit hospital system.

The resignations are further evidence of a management crisis, said Robert Stucker, immediate past chairman of the fundraising committee for the NCH Center for Philanthropy.

“These departures and numerous other very disturbing physician staffing and morale issues at NCH indicate that there is a serious management problem at the hospital,” Stucker said in an email. “This needs to be addressed immediately by the board of trustees and the Naples community before the quality of our hospital healthcare is degraded even further.”

Stucker is among a growing list of critics of a policy change in which NCH-employed hospitalists are handling more admissions. Independent primary-care and concierge physicians say the change takes away their rights to direct the medical care of their patients while they are hospitalized.

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