Waterbury Hospital ER Docs Resign

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Six emergency room doctors at Waterbury Hospital have resigned following the hospital’s decision to outsource staffing in the ER beginning this fall.

Hospital spokesman Matthew Burgard tells the Republican-American newspaper (http://bit.ly/Kf9U8O ) the resignations of about 37 percent of doctors staffing the ER will begin taking effect in July.

He says there will be no immediate staffing problems and other physicians have agreed to step in on a per-diem basis to help staff the emergency department after the resignations take effect.

The hospital recently entered into a contract with EmCare, a Dallas-based company that will provide emergency department physicians to the hospital.

Waterbury Hospital also is in the process of merging with Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Burgard says the possible consolidation of some staff may also have contributed to the resignations.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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