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Dr. John Ross moving Vascular Access Practice to TRMC Print E-mail

In a special called meeting of the Bamberg County Hospital Board of Trustees on Wednesday, February 9, after a closed meeting to discuss a “contractual issue” in which no action was taken it was stated that internationally acclaimed general vascular surgeon Dr. John R. Ross, of Bamberg, who has traveled and trained doctors from all over the world in his office in Bamberg in performing vascular access procedures, is moving his vascular access practice to The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

On Thursday, February 10, The Advertizer Herald received the following e-mail from Bamberg County Hospital Board Chairperson Louann Carter: The BCH Board and County Council was informed Tuesday, Feb 8 by Dr. Ross that he intends to begin performing his vascular access procedures at the Regional Medical Center in mid-March 2011. The impact of this to BCH will be loss of staff and a decrease in revenue. Dr. Ross has indicated that he would like to maintain his Medical Staff privileges at BCH. Dr. Ross will remain on the BCH Medical Staff in good standing. We are working with TRMC and Dr. Ross to ensure a smooth transition.

The BCH Board and hospital administrative team will continue discussions with County Council to explore all options for short term viability and long term success. The process for the formation of a Tri-County Regional Health System is underway with the goal of the construction of a new state of the art hospital and healthcare system.

New Bamberg County Memorial Hospital CEO, Cliff Bauer, who has been on the job for three weeks, said at Wednesday night’s meeting even with the departure of Dr. Ross, the mission of the BCMH is the same and that is to provide quality healthcare for the citizens of Bamberg County.

“Our priority is to make sure we continue to provide quality care for any of the patients being seen here by any of our physicians which certainly include Dr. Ross,” Bauer said. “He (Dr. Ross) is still credentialed and can do vascular access surgery as always and is in good standing and has always been in good standing, the way I understand it.”

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