Here’s the latest in that neurosurgery dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Hospital.
U of L has apparently had some success in recruiting replacements for the team of eight surgeons led by Dr. Christopher Shields, and hopes to bring them on board soon. Gov. Beshear, in a statement this morning, said he’s concerned about the effect of the dispute on U of L’s trauma care rating. Beshear acknowledged that the situation is complex, but it sure seems like it could be a lot simpler — like if U of L could speed up the hiring process on replacements. That seems to be the direction it is heading.
U of L Hospital spokesman Gary Mans sent along this statement about the situation.
We continue to move forward to assure the fulfillment of our missions of clinical care, education, and research. The University of Louisville School of Medicine”s Committee on Academic Promotion and Tenure and the other appropriate committees and offices of the School are meeting this week and next week to review and approve the appointment of new members of the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery.
These individuals are a group of highly clinically experienced M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. board-certified neurosurgeons from outstanding academic medical centers. In addition, the Search Committee for the Chair of Neurosurgery is reviewing a group of 11 exceptional candidates for the position of professor and chairman of the department.
The candidate pool includes several sitting academic department chairs and vice-chairs. The Faculty of the School of Medicine will continue to focus upon providing outstanding care to our patients and ensuring the education of our residents-in-training and medical students. Although the NIKY neurosurgeons have resigned from the faculty, representatives of the School of Medicine are continuing discussions with Norton Healthcare regarding clinical coverage of the neurosurgical service at University Hospital.