Chino Valley Medical Center to Appeal Court Ruling

ONTARIO, Calif.--()--Chino Valley Medical Center “CVMC” issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s court ruling in San Bernardino and SEIU-UHW’s false interpretation regarding the same:

The court ruling issued yesterday in a San Bernardino court pertains to a dispute between two independently practicing physician medical groups, Inland Pulmonary Medical Group (“IPMG”) headed by Dr. Hsu and Inland Physician Services (IPS’s) led by Dr. Lally, at CVMC. This dispute does not involve Prime Healthcare.

CVMC and IPS are understandably disappointed with the court decision. They are astounded by the court's fundamental misunderstanding of health care law and the term "post-stabilization care" as used in the Health & Safety Code.

Contrary to statements made by the SEIU-UHW, the court’s order does not pass judgment on whether the patients needed to be “admitted” into the hospital or placed under “observation,” as both the plaintiff IPMG and defendant, IPS, testified and agreed that all patients needed to be admitted into the hospital. Rather, the only issue the court ruled upon dealt with identifying the admitting physician – either Dr. Hsu's or Dr. Lally's group.

This business dispute between two independent medical groups pertains only to 15 patients amongst over 63,000 treated in the Emergency Department at CVMC during a 15 month period. The number of patients at issue is less than 0.0002% of the patients who presented to CVMC during the time in question.

“Post stabilization care” is a legal term used in the Health & Safety Code that refers to the period when a patient’s medical condition is fully stable. The injunction that was the subject of the contempt hearing required CVMC to call the plaintiff IPMG for “post stabilization care” of any patients leaving the emergency room.

Yet none of the patients at issue were fully stable when they left the emergency room. The judge, however, substituted her own interpretation of “post stabilization care,” which she believes means any care given after entering the emergency room regardless of whether the patient’s medical condition was fully stabilized. This interpretation is clearly wrong and is contrary to the definition used in the Health and Safety code therefore as a result so is her current order holding defendants in contempt.

CVMC and IPS will appeal this order immediately.

SEIU-UHW's misrepresentation of the court's decision is yet another attempt to mislead the public and the Attorney General's office in its ongoing battle to prevent the sale of the Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare.

About Chino Valley Medical Center:

Chino Valley Medical Center, a subsidiary of Prime Healthcare Services, was established in 1972 and is a 126-bed community hospital centrally located in beautiful Southern California. CVMC serves a diverse population and incorporates elements of urban, suburban, and rural medicine, offering a wide array of patient services. We have a bustling emergency department, 10 intensive care beds, full radiological and laboratory services; as well as a comprehensive operative suite with separate GI and pain facilities.

Contacts

Prime Healthcare
Fred Ortega, 909-638-0031
Director of Government Relations

Contacts

Prime Healthcare
Fred Ortega, 909-638-0031
Director of Government Relations