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Wrangell Medical Center opposes doctor’s appeal


On March 9th Dr. Greg Salard filed a “stay pending appeal” as well as a motion for “expedited consideration” in Superior Court. If granted, it would allow him to work at the Wrangell Medical Center while his appeal is considered.

Salard filed his appeal after a decision was made in early March by the hospital’s Hearing Committee to deny him permanent privileges to work at the city-owned facility.

In response, the Medical Center has filed a motion in opposition to Salard’s request for expedited consideration. In court documents filed March 13th, WMC Attorney Stephen Rose argues that Salard made no efforts to resolve the issue before appealing to the court. WMC states that permitting an expedited consideration of Salard’s motion would be “improper” because his filing was “procedurally deficient.”

Dr. Salard works a physician for Alaska Island Community Services, which contracts with the Wrangell Medical Center. At this time, Salard is not authorized to work at the hospital. That infringes on his contract with AICS and his ability to work with hospital and long-term care patients.

WMC’s court filing states Salard did not act in a timely manner to turn his motion into the court. It says, “While ‘the’ lack of privileges at WMC may ultimately impact his employment, there has been no showing that this would occur prior to the full response time permitted by the court rules.”

WMC Attorney Stephen Rose did not return phone calls in time for this story’s deadline. We’ll update this report as more information comes in.
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