Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stressed out doctor will close her clinic

From the Yakima Herald-Republic Online News.

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stressed out by legal fight, doctor will close her clinic
By Erin Snelgrove
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA -- Citing exhaustion from a two-year legal battle that she launched against Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, obstetrician Dr. Diana Smigaj said she will close her practice -- Cascade Women's Healthcare Associates in Yakima -- by the end of the year.
Smigaj, who accuses the hospital of trying to drive her out of business, lost the case earlier this fall on summary judgment in Yakima County Superior Court.
"I've been under incredible pressure and stress," from Memorial, said 62-year-old Smigaj. "I'm getting to a point where I feel so threatened and so much of a target that I can't practice."

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At the end of the article,
"Smigaj said she's spent two years trying to clear her name.
"With the way the law is interpreted, a medical staff member who's being targeted does not have the legal rights of a common criminal to due process," she said.Linneweh said the hospital is seeking to recover its legal fees from Smigaj, which he estimated at $500,000."

This is sad!

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