The medical staff at Yakima (Wash.) Regional Medical and Cardiac Center issued a resolution of no confidence in Chief Executive Officer Tim Trottier, the latest in a string of actions taken by the physicians. Some doctors and nurses have been highly critical of changes at the hospital since it was purchased two years ago by Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., and converted to a for-profit. "It really came from frustration that the physicians did not feel they were being heard," the medical staff's president, Patrick Waber, said of the resolution. In an e-mailed response to the Yakima Herald-Republic, Trottier said: "Change is never easy. We're working hard to improve communication so people understand how the changes being made at Yakima Regional will benefit patients and (the) community and are necessary to help the hospital grow." Waber said an "overwhelming majority" of 115 votes supported the resolution. About 145 members of the 260-physician medical staff did not cast ballots. -- by the Associated Press
Wash. state hospital CEO gets no-confidence vote
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