Doctors at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, have called for a vote of no confidence against President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Peterson, arguing that unilateral decisions by system management could undermine the physicians' private practices.
Peterson, Swedish's chief since 1995, is widely credited with putting the 1,245-bed healthcare system, the state's largest not-for-profit provider, on an aggressive expansion path. Some doctors are angry, however, saying Peterson has not consulted them on strategic decisions.
Specialists, in particular, complain that the hospital has hired staff doctors for practices within the medical center that compete with physicians' community-based practices.
Hospital officials declined to comment on the matter, saying in a written statement that "at this time" it was "inappropriate to publicly discuss the no-confidence vote."
Ballots, sent to 1,200 active members of the Swedish medical staff, are scheduled to be tallied Aug. 4.