Sunday, March 8, 2015

Guest Post: Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez MD, FAAP

As pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in the community, we would like to share our perspective in light of the financial dispute regarding El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) and University Medical Center (UMC). 


First and foremost, thank you El Paso community for your investment in the dream of an independent children’s hospital. We now have a taste of the kind of pediatric care El Paso has always deserved and has sorely needed. In only 3 years of operation, the successes are many, the lives touched and saved are countless. 


Second, as you may know, El Paso had an excruciating time recruiting and retaining pediatric subspecialists to our community. It was not until the development of a children’s hospital that El Paso got the attention of physicians nationwideWe worry that if EPCH loses its independence we go back to square one and will be unable to attract and maintain talent.  


Third, if Children’s Hospital loses its independence, its governance will have to balance child and adult priorities. That is not the mission of a children’s hospitalChildren have to be the one and only priority of El Paso Children’s. It has to be the organization’s sole mission and vision to make it all about what’s best for the kids of El PasoIt is not acceptable to compromise pediatric careThe offer UMC released to the media essentially makes EPCH a department of UMC in all but name, so, in its current form, it is unacceptable to this medical staff.


Finally, the financial situation has us infuriated and heartbroken. We are fighting to preserve and advance care for the kids of El Paso and the fact that there is such a divisiveness disgusts us. We know that there have been unfair business practices involved, which have contributed to this financial crisis. There has also been an unwillingness to negotiate and media mudslinging by UMCWe know mistakes have been made on both ends – some more readily admitted than others. Regardless, we want to say to the parties’ involved “Get your act together and put the kids first. Do the right thing; we have an obligation to this community and to our children. El Paso deserves better and with fair negotiations there is no reason this dream won’t flourish. Here are some ideas to start:

• Work with EPCH to access federal and state funds through intergovernmental transfers
• Share services at cost
• Have El Paso First pay a fair reimbursement
• Share uncompensated care money intended for children 
• Renegotiate the disputed debt

Can you learn to play in the sandbox for the sake of the kids?


Keep the dream alive

The medical staff of El Paso Children’s Hospital

Elected Officers- Chief of Staff – Jagdish Patel MD, Chief of Staff Elect – Chetan Moorthy MD, Immediate Past Chief of Staff - Nicholas Rich MD, Secretary – Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez MD


Overwhelming support and signatures were given by over 50 pediatric providers, in one day notice, to include but not limited to:

Maria Teresa Ambat MD

Sandra Aviles MD

Benjamin Carcamo MD  

Karina Cecilio MD 

Sastry Chamarthi MD

Sadhana Chheda MD

Luz Allen-Clapp MD, MPH

Eduardo Covarrubias MD

Sharon Dugan Gutierrez CPNP

Rodolfo Fierro-Stevens MD

Trent Filler MD

Tamara Fitzgerald MD

Angela Theresa Flores MD

Marcella Frausto MD 

Brad Fuhrman MD

Blanca Garcia MD

Randy Goldstein MD

Carlos Gutierrez MD

Fatima Gutierrez MD

Lynn Hernan MD

Isela Ibarra MD

Merle Ipson MD

Bert Johansson MD

Price Lawhon PA-C

Garrett Levin MD

Angelica Machorro MD

David Malave MD

Alfredo Maldonado MD

Henry Marcantoni MD

Aldo Maspons MD

Irma Medina MD

Donald Meier MD

Roberta Mercer CPNP

Jignesh Patel MD

Indu Pathak MD

Jesus Peinado MD

Carmen Prieto MD

Maria Prodanovic MD 

Henry Rance MD 

Eduardo Rosas-Blum MD

Aaron Ross MD

Lewis P. Rubin MD

Devaraj Sambalimgam MD

Sondie Skory, CPNP

William Spurbeck MD

Larry Tremper MD

Neha Vashishtha MD

Erika Vasquez MD

Maria Theresa Villanos MD

Lalaine Villarojo MD 

Norma Villegas-Galindo MD

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