Medical regulators are accusing Dr. Michael A. Palmer of gross negligence, saying the Eureka surgeon failed to repair one patient’s hernia correctly and created false or misleading records on that patient and one other.
The episodes occurred in 2010 and 2011, according to a formal accusation that the state Attorney General’s Office has filed on behalf of the Medical Board of California.
Through an attorney, Palmer denied the accusations and declined to be interviewed.
“Dr. Palmer has done nothing but provide excellent care to his patients and is confident that the Medical Board will not be able to prove that there is a basis for the claims,” attorney Michael Morrison wrote in an email to the Journal late Wednesday afternoon. The board’s allegations “are not accurate,” the email said.
The Medical Board investigates complaints against doctors, but most of those complaints never rise to the level of a formal accusation. First, the board’s staffers have to think there is enough merit to assign an investigator. Then, as the matter is investigated, “we have a burden of proof we have to meet for the Attorney General’s Office,” said Cassandra Hockenson, the board’s public affairs manager.
The Oct. 30 accusation against Palmer outlines two cases, starting with “SM,” a woman who was seen by Palmer’s physician assistant in late 2009 and then scheduled for surgery in January. Before the operation, a transcription made its way into hospital records of what the accusation calls a “purported” physical examination done on Jan. 12. The trouble with that? When board investigators questioned Palmer, “respondent acknowledged that he did not see SM at any time before the morning of the January 13, 2010 surgery.”
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5 will hold a rally and picket at the North Coast Co-operatives Board of Directors meeting on Thursday November 14th. The rally will highlight the Co-op’s use of union busting law firm Jackson-Lewis and their proposal to freeze wages, extend wage scales, eliminate Sunday and night crew premiums, and to shift the cost of healthcare onto the employees at a time when they are more profitable and efficient than ever before.
Workers, families, and community leaders will come together as one to tell the Board of Directors: No Cuts at the Co-op. They will be presenting the Board with 1400 pledges of support from the community to the Co-op workers.
WHO: Workers, labor and community leaders of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties including: Eureka Teachers Association, California Faculty Assoc., California United Homecare Workers, Carpenters 751, UAW 2350, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, AFSCME 1640, elected officials and more.
WHAT: Rally and Picket to end the Co-op’s race to the bottom!
WHEN: November 14, 2013, 5:30 to 6:30pm
WHERE: The Arcata Community Kitchen on 8th Street between I and J St.
Interviews with workers and community supporters will be available at the event.
a) removing the billboards isn't necessary to complete the project, so it doesn't qualify under the rules of eminent domain
b) Caltrans' proposed underpass will be less than a mile long, so it doesn't make sense to remove billboards along the corridor's entire length, and
c) the state's Outdoor Advertising Act says no one can remove a billboard that was legally erected "without payment of just compensation"
The Daily Beast named Eureka the best pot-smoking city in the country, so that's cool. Sitting on the shore of Humboldt Bay, California's largest bay north of San Francisco, the city has also been named one of the best small arts towns in the country. There's also a historic Old Town, a variety of annual cultural festivals and some really awesome Victorian architecture.
I'm sending this message to let you know that I resign as a board member of Arcata Main Street. I will also be contacting legal representation to find out if your actions in the last few weeks are legal.
As you spoke on the phone the other night, holding it away from your ear while I tried over and over again to break into your 30 minute justification, I realized that the organization is not something that I feel comfortable being a part of at this time. Here are the reasons.
1. I feel that you and your company profiting from the Oyster Festival creates a sizable conflict of interest. Your business was paid to produce t-shirts and banners last year and several years before that. I also know that you butted head with Ms. Koopman, telling her to spend more money with your company.
2. I feel that Jennifer Koopman has unfairly taken the fall for actions decided on by the AMS board of directors, not by Ms. Koopman.
3. I was not contacted, nor allowed to vote for whether or not Ms. Koopman would lose her position at Arcata Main Street. You told me on the phone that all of the other three board members were in agreement to ask for Ms. Koopman's resignation. I found out after the fact that this was not true a misrepresentation of the facts. One other board member was not in agreement. You have also told the media that there are only three board members and that the decision was unanimous. You told another board member that you tried to contact me, which you didn't.
4. At this point I feel that you have destabilized the organization, misrepresented the organization and are acting without the rest of the boards approval for your own profit. Other board members have already told me that you are asking for compensation for your new roll as Executive Director. No one has voted you into that position as far as I know.
I am forwarding this letter to the same news organizations that you have been buffaloing.
I want to again convey my deepest thanks for all of the support, prayers and well wishes, and I will be back to work soon. I still have some steps to take on the road to full recovery but I want my constituents to know that I am in daily contact with my staff and colleagues and that your calls and emails will continue to be answered and issues in our district addressed.
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