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Re: “The Whistleblower

My experience with MRCH community clinic was being moved from a Dr. to an NP. For many years I continued to see this NP regularly and yet she did not diagnose my genetic condition that nearly killed me. I had asked to be tested for it when my brother was diagnosed and she didn't know what it was at first, she then ran the wrong test and told me I didn't have it. No consulting with her supposed supervising Doctor, EVER. I found out later the overseeing physician had been sick and barely functioning for years. End result is I ended up with end stage liver disease because of the lack of a diagnosis of a genetic disorder that I asked to be tested for BY NAME. This could have been prevented through treatment. I got my medical records for the lawyers and found out there was NOTHING in my records about my asking to be tested which basically screwed me a second time because then it would just be a he said/she said case. Mad River had a non functioning doctor as their supervising physician and this particular NP did not do her due diligence to research my genetic disorder to even the degree of running the correct blood tests nor did she refer back to any physician or even manage to remember what we had talked about in my appt by the time she got around to writing her chart notes. I am also a healthcare provider and I KNOW if you don't write your chart notes quickly after the appt., you lose your ability to remember a lot of pertinent information. The NP barely had the time to spend with me, let alone write chart notes, with patients scheduled every 15 mins or so. The entire system is bad. Now, I finally have a fantastic doctor and the medical board is going to run her out of business for prescribing opioids to legacy pain patients. Something's got to give in Humboldt or ????

Posted by Rayna Avery on 01/17/2020 at 4:34 PM

Re: “The Whistleblower

I hope NCJ keeps reporting about the men at Mad River Hospital who are interfering with the quality of women's health care and the hostile work environment especially for women. The fact that this has been tolerated by Doug Shaw and the Board is unacceptable!

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Posted by Meg Stofsky on 01/16/2020 at 11:00 PM

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Dr. Kim Ervin is my own personal savior. ("Someone to hear my prayers. Someone who cares.") She performed my needed hysterectomy a few years ago. I recall crying in her office, offering up the lump that turned out to be one of several fibroids. "You're afraid you have cancer," she said. So much compassion for anxious me.
I was afraid of cancer. But I'm not afraid anymore, thanks to Ervin's thorough, competent care.
When people say "ugh" to Humboldt health care, I point to Ervin and say, "But Kim's still here."

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Posted by Deidre Pike on 01/16/2020 at 7:01 PM

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I appreciate this thorough and open article of these issues which are not often discussed The article opens up about a physician’s need to be able to offer their patients the best care possible by having a decent electronica health record system and adequate and skilled back up staff and support staff. Many of us have appreciated Mad River Hospital because it is locally owned and offers open non-religiously limited options for comprehensive women’s health care And there are nurses I know who have chosen to work there despite the lower salary compared to St. Joe’s. This situation is very disappointing and concerning. These physicians are stellar and have spent the majority of their professional careers committed to our Humboldt county community.

I think many of us are willing to get involved and speak up to the administration about these issues.I believe they’re thinking that they are saving money by having less support staff and I have heard in the community that they have hired some outside consultants who have told them just that. Upsetting

I hope through this article and other local media we can come up with a plan to keep the hospital working well with good physicians

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Posted by Dr.Jerruyl Lynn Rubin on 01/16/2020 at 1:11 PM

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This is not reporting the news, it is making the news. The article starts building her reputation and credibility up as a mother and the hardships of life in Wyoming. The only thing missing was when she escaped a Cambodian brother and sex traffickers. The story continues to build her up like she was Mother Mary herself.
Let’s look through the holes for just a second. If she is that kind of an upstanding person, holding the gavel as Chief of Staff and ultimately righteous whistle-blower, then why is she breaking confidential private medical information about someone in public print?
If the California Medical Board put a plan in place for a surgeon to rehabilitate then why does she think he should be less than renewed for operating privileges? Why would a local medical society need to know and what could they do if the matter is already under the governance of the State Government’s medical board?
The article ends with more slander and comparative mirroring using the word “tenure” in the same sentence. This is little more that a Harbor Freight Tool advertisement comparing their drill to a DeWault. In the mind’s eye the HFT drill is immediately worthy because it is being compared to the big name brand.
If you don’t like your job your just say thank you and you leave your job and go elsewhere. The Mad River Hospital operates in one of the poorest reimbursement areas of the state. The General Surgeon targeted in the article has been the anchoring surgeon in that uninsured community for more than 15 years. Think of all of those deaths that he prevented. The orthopedic surgeon is the community’s only orthopedic surgeon so this medical and personal confidential information is illegal and plainly unjust. The patients place their trust in the surgeons who cut on them when they are asleep. Watch any episode of M.A.S.H. and u will see that surgeons take this role very seriously. That is one if the reasons their training is so long. Would you want a surgeon who takes the position that the buck-stops with them or someone who likes so hold hands with everyone and sings Kumbaya. I am glad that most can see through this article. It doesn’t meet the standards of journalism, moreover it reminds me of a Jerry Springer Show. Now that’s reality! Bring out her ex-husband’s gay wife’s brother the meth-head once removed Royal Family member! Please pass the remote...

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Posted by Ross Davison on 01/16/2020 at 12:51 PM

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I am a nurse at Mad River. I totally trust Dr. Barker. I recently needed surgery and Dr. Barker did it.

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Posted by Patricia Ehlert-Abler on 01/16/2020 at 12:15 PM

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Excellent article. Dr Kim has always been a stalwart defender of healthcare equity in the community, and partnering with Open Door makes total sense. Also I know understand how and why I fell off her patient roster two years ago ...

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Posted by Pat Bitton on 01/16/2020 at 12:11 PM

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