Tulare Regional Medical Center doctors must band together, according to Chief of Staff Dr. Abraham Betre.
Betre called on the local physicians to return to the hospital and embrace Adventist Health, the organization positioned to manage TRMC.
“The image was restored,” Betre said. “Tulare is a gold mine for Adventist Health. It’s a great location. There are many physicians here. Let’s work together.”
Betre made his comments Monday night during a meeting facilitated by the California Medical Association that helped to provide an update on litigation involving the Medical Executive Committee, a group of doctors that led the hospital’s departments and provided credentialing privileges.
At issue was the MEC’s independence after some members were removed, a new board was installed, and new by-laws were adopted.
Attorney Long Do, who’s with the CMA, said the case has impacts around the nation.
After a trial, the settlement included restoring the former MEC. In total, the legal matter took more than two years.
With the legal matter solved, Betre said it’s time for local doctors to return to the Tulare hospital and team up with Adventist Health.
As planned, the Tulare hospital will open on Oct. 15, just two weeks before the one-year mark the hospital closed. TRMC will open as an acute care facility, as part of a lease agreement the hospital board and Adventist Health already agreed to.
Dr. Frank Gavini, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Health, said he is impressed with the resiliency the Tulare doctors showed as the legal matter developed. Gavini said he read testimony from those who testified during the trial.
“We knew there was trouble in Tulare,” he said. “But we didn’t know how bad it was.”
Like Betre, Gavini said he wants to see the Tulare physicians and Adventist Health work well together.
“We are on target to open the hospital,” he said. “We are rallying towards that date to open on time.”
Locally, Adventist Health administers hospitals in Hanford, Selma, and Reedley. Gavini said Tulare is like the other cities where Adventist Health administers hospitals.
“Hopefully, we will gain the trust of the community,” he said. “Tulare needs hope. We will do the best we can to bring the hope.”
Randy Dodd, Adventist Health vice president of business development, said 160 employees completed work orientation earlier this week, adding to the 110 who did their two weeks ago.
“It’s restoring a lot of good paying jobs to the community,” he said.
In addition, the hospital building will be painted ahead of the opening.
The new employees and a refresh look to the hospital are two things that indicate the Tulare hospital’s reopening is nearing, Dodd said.
“I think the message is that we are going forward. This is happening,” he said. “It’s a great economic boost for the community.”
Source: Visalia Times Delta