West Allis (Wis.) Memorial Hospital's board of directors refused to validate the election of a physician as chief of internal medicine because of her investment in a competing cardiac specialty hospital. Cardiologist Lisa Armaganian was elected to the post by doctors at the hospital, operated by Aurora Health Care. The board overturned the election, saying Armaganian has invested in 60-bed Wisconsin Heart Hospital, operated by Aurora rival Covenant Healthcare. In a letter, board Chairman Joseph Kempen said Armaganian's investment creates a "pervasive conflict of interest." She would have access to confidential and proprietary information at West Allis, the board said. West Allis provides cardiac care but not cardiac catheterization. Aurora's main cardiac units are at St. Luke's Medical Center and Sinai Medical Center, both in Milwaukee. At deadline, Armaganian had not returned calls seeking comment.
Board: 'Conflict of interest' stops Wis. doc's promotion
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