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Opponents Use SCHIP Children's Health Care Bill to Attack Physician-Owned Hospitals: Doctors Call on Congressional Leadership to Remove Lobbyist Inspired Attack Reports PHA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to Wednesday's attack on hospitals owned by America's physicians, Physician Hospitals of America declares that it is time for House and Senate Leadership to step in and ensure the future of hospitals that are operated by doctors who swore oaths to care for their patients.

The doctors are asking Leadership to remove the anti-physician language so that Congress can pass a clean SCHIP Bill for children. Last year anti-physician, special interest lobbyists tried their sneak attack by way of the Farm Bill and even the War Supplemental Bill, but were stopped.

"We are extremely disappointed in the House action," said Molly Sandvig, Executive Director of Physician Hospitals of America. "Physician-owned hospitals provide high quality health care to many Americans. Wednesday's vote will deprive our citizens, particularly Medicare beneficiaries, of the opportunity to have access to improved medical and surgical outcomes."

Ironically, the House vote will mean that even the children SCHIP is supposed to help will be prevented from access to many of the country's best hospitals.

The language contained in HR 2, the SCHIP reauthorization, will not allow hospitals to grow, seriously hampering them economically. Also, there will be no protection offered for hospitals under development and no physician investors in hospitals built after January 1, 2009 would be allowed to care for Medicare or Medicaid patients in these facilities.

There are currently 199 physician-owned hospitals nationwide. Together, these facilities employ more than 55,000 nurses, other health professionals and support staff. Critically, hospitals owned and operated by physicians themselves consistently are rated as safer and better by independent evaluations including those of the federal government. (See full list of hospitals below)

Sandvig notes, "As acknowledged by many House members, SCHIP should be funded by a stable source, not through a budget gimmick. The purpose of SCHIP was never to include extraneous Medicare provisions that limit patient choice or prohibit access to quality care."

Instead of draining money or needing taxpayer bailouts PHA member hospitals strengthen local economies through their payrolls, taxes, and purchase of local goods and services. If the attack on physician owned hospitals is allowed to continue, local economies will be deprived of billions of dollars that are needed now more than ever before.

"SCHIP is intended as a bill with a positive impact," adds Sandvig. "Physicians, physician hospital employees and America's patients, call on Congress and request that they abide by that intent."

    HOSPITAL NAME                         CITY                STATE

    Troy Regional Medical Center          Troy                AL

    Crestwood Medical Center              Huntsville          AL

    NEA Medical Center                    Jonesboro           AR

    HealthPark Hospital                   Hot Springs         AR

    Arkansas Surgical Hospital            North Little Rock   AR

    Arkansas Heart Hospital               Little Rock         AR

    National Park Medical Center          Hot Springs         AR

    Arizona Heart Hospital                Phoenix             AZ

    Arizona Orthopedic Surgical Hospital  Chandler            AZ

    Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital        Mesa                AZ

    Arizona Regional Medical Center       Mesa                AZ

    Tucson Heart Hospital                 Tucson              AZ

    Gilbert Hospital                      Gilbert             AZ

    Mountain Vista Medical Center         Mesa                AZ

    Surgical Specialty Hospital
    of Arizona                            Phoenix             AZ

    Patients' Hospital of Redding         Redding             CA

    Sutter Surgical Hospital -
    North Valley                          Yuba City           CA

    Shasta Regional Medical               Redding             CA

    Fresno Surgical Hospital              Fresno              CA

    Stanislaus Surgical Hospital          Modesto             CA

    Bakersfield Heart Hospital            Bakersfield         CA

    Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital       Thousand Oaks       CA

    Miracle Mile Medical Center           Los Angeles         CA

    Olympia Medical Center                Los Angeles         CA

    Community Hospital of Huntington
    Park                                  Huntington Park     CA

    Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital          Norwalk             CA

    Alvarado Hospital Medical Center      San Diego           CA

    Animas Surgical Hospital              Durango             CO

    Doctors Hospital                      Augusta             GA

    Trinity Hospital of Augusta           Augusta             GA

    Hawaii Medical Center-West            Ewa Beach           HI

    Hawaii Medical Center-East            Honolulu            HI

    Treasure Valley Hospital              Boise               ID

    Northwest Specialty Hospital          Post Falls          ID

    Mountain View Hospital                Idaho Falls         ID

    Surgical Hospital of Munster          Munster             IN

    Pinnacle Hospital                     Crown Point         IN

    Franciscan Physicians Hospital        Munster             IN

    Hind General Hospital                 Hobart              IN

    RiverCrest Specialty Hospital         Mishawaka           IN

    Doctor's Hospital                     Bremen              IN

    Dupont Hospital                       Fort Wayne          IN

    Kosciusko Community Hospital          Warsaw              IN

    Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital          Indianapolis        IN

    Indiana Heart Hospital                Indianapolis        IN

    St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana   Indianapolis        IN

    Surgical and Diagnostic Center of
    Great Bend                            Great Bend          KS

    Salina Surgical Hospital              Salina              KS

    Summit Surgical                       Hutchinson          KS

    Manhattan Surgical Hospital           Manhattan           KS

    Doctors Specialty Hospital            Leawood             KS

    Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute     Leawood             KS

    Heartland Spine & Specialty Hospital  Overland Park       KS

    Kansas Spine Hospital                 Wichita             KS

    Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center    Wichita             KS

    Kansas Heart Hospital                 Wichita             KS

    Kansas Medical Center                 Andover             KS

    Galichia Heart Hospital               Wichita             KS

    Southern Surgical Hospital            Slidell             LA

    Fairway Medical Center                Covington           LA

    Doctors Hospital of Slidell           Slidell             LA

    Louisiana Heart Hospital              Lacombe             LA

    Physicians Surgical Specialty
    Hospital                              Houma               LA

    Specialists Hospital Bossier          Bossier City        LA

    Specialists Hospital Shreveport       Shreveport          LA

    Ouachita Community Hospital           West Monroe         LA

    P & S Surgical Hospital               Monroe              LA

    Green Clinic Surgical Hospital        Ruston              LA

    Monroe Surgical Hospital              Monroe              LA

    Greater Baton Rouge Surgical
    Hospital                              Baton Rouge         LA

    The Neuro Medical Center
    Surgical Hospital                     Baton Rouge         LA

    Surgical Specialty Centre             Baton Rouge         LA

    Lafayette General Surgical Hospital   Lafayette           LA

    Park Place Surgical Hospital          Lafayette           LA

    Heart Hospital Lafayette              Lafayette           LA

    Lafayette Surgical Specialty
    Hospital                              Lafayette           LA

    Southpark Hospital                    Youngsville         LA

    Southeast Michigan Surgical
    Hospital                              Warren              MI

    Oakland Regional Hospital             Southfield          MI

    Ozarks Community Hospital             Springfield         MO

    Health Center Northwest Hospital      Kalispell           MT

    Central Montana Surgical Hospital     Great Falls         MT

    North Carolina Specialty Hospital     Durham              NC

    Lincoln Surgical Hospital             Lincoln             NE

    Nebraska Heart Hospital               Lincoln             NE

    Midwest Neuroscience Surgery Center   Omaha               NE

    Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital         Omaha               NE

    Bellevue Medical Center               Bellevue            NE

    Heart Hospital of New Mexico          Albuquerque         NM

    Physicians Medical Center of
    Santa Fe                              Santa Fe            NM

    Sierra Surgery Hospital               Carson City         NV

    Surgery Center of Evendale            Cincinnati          OH

    The Medical Center at Elizabeth
    Place                                 Dayton              OH

    Riverview Health Institute            Dayton              OH

    Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery     Lima                OH

    Three Gables Surgery Center           Proctorville        OH

    Butler County Medical Center          Hamilton            OH

    Mercy Hospital Fairfield              Fairfield           OH

    Medical Center of Newark              Newark              OH

    Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital      Tulsa               OK

    Oklahoma Surgical Hospital            Tulsa               OK

    Hospital for Special Surgery          Oklahoma City       OK

    Foundation Bariatric Hospital
    of Oklahoma                           Edmond              OK

    Northwest Surgical Hospital           Oklahoma City       OK

    Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma         Oklahoma City       OK

    Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic &
    Multi-Specialty Surgery               Oklahoma City       OK

    Lakeside Women's Hospital             Oklahoma City       OK

    McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital    Oklahoma City       OK

    Oklahoma Heart Hospital               Oklahoma City       OK

    Deaconess Hospital                    Oklahoma City       OK

    Oklahoma Spine Hospital               Oklahoma City       OK

    McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center    Springfield         OR

    Edgewood Surgical Hospital            Transfer            PA

    Diversified Specialty Institutes,
    Bucks County                          Bensalem            PA

    Surgical Specialty Center at
    Coordinated Health                    Bethlehem           PA

    Westfield Hospital                    Allentown           PA

    Surgical Institute of Reading         Wyomissing          PA

    Mary Black Memorial Hospital          Spartanburg         SC

    Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital      Yankton             SD

    Dakota Plains Surgical Center         Aberdeen            SD

    Same Day Surgery Center               Rapid City          SD

    Siouxland Surgery Center              Dakota Dunes        SD

    Sioux Falls Surgical Center           Sioux Falls         SD

    Black Hills Surgery Center            Rapid City          SD

    Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota  Sioux Falls         SD

    Woods Memorial Hospital               Etowah              TN

    United Regional Medical Center        Manchester          TN

    Texas Spine & Joint Hospital          Tyler               TX

    Woodland Heights Medical Center       Lufkin              TX

    Longview Regional Medical Center      Longview            TX

    Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute       Beaumont            TX

    TOPS Surgical Hospital                Houston             TX

    The Medical Center of Southeast
    Texas                                 Port Arthur         TX

    Vista Hospital of Dallas              Garland             TX

    Baylor Medical Center at Frisco       Frisco              TX

    Presbyterian Plano Center for
    Diagnostics & Surgery                 Plano               TX

    Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital -
    North Texas                           Richardson          TX

    Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall     Rockwall            TX

    USMD Hospital at Arlington            Arlington           TX

    Foundation Surgical Hospital          Bellaire            TX

    Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center      Houston             TX

    Beacon Specialty Hospital             Houston             TX

    Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital
    Kingwood                              Kingwood            TX

    Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital -
    North Houston                         Shenandoah          TX

    Texas Orthopedic Hospital             Houston             TX

    Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital     Austin              TX

    Heart Hospital Of Austin              Austin              TX

    North Cypress Medical Center          Cypress             TX

    Odessa Regional Medical Center        Odessa              TX

    USMD Hospital at Fort Worth           Fort Worth          TX

    GLOBALREHAB                           Fort Worth          TX

    Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort
    Worth                                 Fort Worth          TX

    Quail Creek Surgical Hospital         Amarillo            TX

    Northwest Texas Surgical Hospital     Amarillo            TX

    Harlingen Medical Center              Harlingen           TX

    Doctors Hospital at Renaissance       Edinburg            TX

    El Paso Specialty Hospital            El Paso             TX

    Physicians Hospital                   El Paso             TX

    The Physicians Centre                 Bryan               TX

    St. Joseph Medical Center             Houston             TX

    University General Hospital           Houston             TX

    Lubbock Heart Hospital                Lubbock             TX

    Foundation Bariatric Hospital of
    San Antonio                           San Antonio         TX

    Texsan Heart Hospital                 San Antonio         TX

    Austin Surgical Hospital              Austin              TX

    The Hospital at Westlake Medical
    Center                                Austin              TX

    Sugar Land Surgical Hospital          Sugar Land          TX

    Vista Medical Center Hospital         Pasadena            TX

    Houston Physicians' Hospital          Webster             TX

    South Texas Spine & Surgical
    Hospital                              San Antonio         TX

    Southwest General Hospital            San Antonio         TX

    Harris Methodist Southlake            Southlake           TX

    RHD Medical Center                    Dallas              TX

    North Texas Hospital                  Denton              TX

    Southwest Surgical Hospital           Hurst               TX

    Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club  Trophy Club         TX

    Cook Children's Hospital Northeast    Hurst               TX

    Brownsville Doctors Hospital          Brownsville         TX

    Doctor's Hospital of Laredo           Laredo              TX

    Patients Medical Center               Pasadena            TX

    Doctors Hospital Tidwell              Houston             TX

    Doctors Hospital Parkway              Houston             TX

    Houston Hospital for Specialized
    Surgery                               Houston             TX

    GLOBALREHAB                           Dallas              TX

    Pine Creek Medical Center             Dallas              TX

    Baylor Heart and Vascular Center      Dallas              TX

    Gulf States Hospitals                 Dallas              TX

    Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital -
    Central Texas                         Round Rock          TX

    Irving Coppell Surgical Hospital      Irving              TX

    Texas Institute for Surgery           Dallas              TX

    Cache Valley Specialty Hospital       North Logan         UT

    Davis Hospital and Medical Center     Layton              UT

    Salt Lake Regional Medical Center     Salt Lake City      UT

    Jordan Valley Medical Center          West Jordan         UT

    Wenatchee Valley Hospital             Wenatchee           WA

    OakLeaf Surgical Hospital             Eau Claire          WI

    Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin     Glendale            WI

    Aurora BayCare Medical Center         Green Bay           WI

    Charleston Surgical Hospital          Charleston          WV

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