Open letter from the NARMC Board of Directors

February 2, 2018

 

 

As the Board of Directors for North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, we are ultimately responsible for the operations of the hospital and its staff. We also have a responsibility to the citizens of this community to ensure all laws, processes and procedures are followed and decisions are made in the best interest for the health of those in the community.

 

There are extensive processes in place, dictated by Arkansas state law, that govern how medical staff peer review is conducted. Medical staff peer review is the process by which physicians are required to review the work of other physicians to make sure quality practices are followed. The current case under review and widely discussed in the community is in the early stages of that process. We cannot comment on the specifics of that case. However, the Board respects and upholds the integrity of the review process and the doctors involved in it. This process has served our hospital well in our mission to ensure the care administered at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is of the utmost quality.

 

The Board recognizes and appreciates the doctors, nurses, staff and administration of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center for their commitment to providing quality care in our community. We will continue to support all employees and physicians, and uphold the integrity of the peer review process. We ask that rather than relying on the court of public opinion in this situation, you allow those with medical and legal knowledge of the case to administer the review process and determine the best course of action.

 

You have our commitment that we will continue to follow the peer review process as prescribed by law in all cases.

 

 

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Board of Directors

Dan Bowers

Brad Crawford

Joanne Holliman, MD

Tom Langston, MD

Brian Linn, MD

Ann Main

Adam McCall, MD

Mike McNutt

Matt Miller

Mike Norton

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