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Doctors Named for New Kearney Hospital

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The names of 40 doctors who'll fund and run a second hospital in Kearney was released Tuesday.

The doctors on board represent 15 different specialties. It's a show of support that further pits hospital against hospital.

The chairman of the upcoming Kearney Regional Medical Center, Dr. Sean Denney, is one of dozens of doctors willing to put their money where their mouth is and fund a private hospital they say will improve patient care in our community.

Dr. Sean Denney, a cardiologist, said, "When you have a facility that is run by remote control
from another place, you lose sight and focus of the needs of the community that you serve." 

He's talking about Catholic Health Initiatives based in Denver that runs Good Samaritan Hospital. However, Good Sam officials said the non-profit has invested $138 million in Kearney over the past 10 years and pointed to plans for a $65 million addition announced in October.

Steve Loveless, the interim C.E.O. of Good Samaritan Hospital, said, "They recognize the ministry that exists here and are committed to maintaining Kearney as a viable community."

40 doctors disagree and have signed up to own and operate the Kearney Regional Medical
Center from anesthesiology, cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, obstetrics and
gynecology, orthopedic surgery, oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, family practice, internal
medicine, interventional radiology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery and vascular
surgery. Denney said it's not an either/or situation.

"There's been no discussion at any point along the way that these physicians would
relinquish privileges or practicing at Good Samaritan," said Denney.

Yet, Loveless said this will affect their facility, with these doctors likely choosing to perform more profitable procedures in the hospital they have a financial stake in. Loveless said loss of that revenue will jeopardize some of the programs Good Sam offers and ultimately affect access to healthcare.

Loveless said, "Last year, Good Samaritan provided care for over 2,000 individuals who had no ability to pay for that care. Our ability to do that comes through the financial viability we have as an organization."

Denney said his team will continue to work with uninsured and underinsured and won't cherry pick procedures.

"If we wanted to do that what we would have done is we would have carved out cardiology and orthopedic surgery and only have and orthopedic and cardiatric hospital and that's certainly not the case," said Denney.

Denney said this isn't the final list. More doctors are voicing interest everyday. 

Reporter's Notes by Jessica Phinney:

Here is a list of the doctors participating to date and their specialties:

Anesthesiology
Rob Shaffer, MD
Merlin Wehling, MD
Todd Willliams, MD

Cardiology
Sean Denney, MD
Azariah Kirubakaran, MD
Dan McGowan, MD
Tom Pagano, MD

Gastroenterology
Tony Caos, MD
David Gossat, MD
Nephrology
Imtiaz Islam, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Keri Philpot, MD
John Schulte, MD
David Weir, MD

Orthopedic and Spine Surgery
Brent Adamson, MD
David Benavides, MD
Dennis McGowan, MD
Mark Meyer, MD
Chris Wilkinson, MD

Oncology
George Bascom, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Michael Bibler, DO

Family Practice
Terry Becker, MD
Russell Hilliard, MD
Robert Messbarger, MD
Chadd Murray, MD
Dawn Murray, MD
Amy Payson, MD
Troy Potthoff, MD
Brad Rodgers, MD
David Sokolowski, MD

Internal Medicine
Kristin Lawson, MD
Michael Lawson, MD
Ishrat Saif, MD
Scott Smith, MD
Lissa Woodruff, MD

Interventional Radiology
John Allen, MD

Neurosurgery
Adeleke Badejo, MD

Pediatrics
Steven Haskett, MD
Michelle Collignon-Howe, MD

Plastic Surgery
Joel Atchison, MD

Vascular Surgery
Brent Steffen, MD

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